They are one of the nation’s most renowned police motorcycle drill teams. And they came to DC for National Police Week to honor the four members of their department — the Philadelphia Police Department — who were killed in the line of duty during 2008: Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Officer Isabel Nazario, Sgt. Timothy Simpson and Sergeant Patrick McDonald, a motor officer with Philly’s Highway Patrol, the home of the Drill Team.
While they were here, the Philadelphia Motorcycle Drill Team put on two demonstrations for DC residents and our National Police Week visitors to see. On Friday eveving, the team performed outside Nationals Park in Southeast DC prior to the Washington Nationals-Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. Then, on Saturday morning, with the U.S. Capitol as a fitting backdrop, the team performed again on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Both demonstrations were not only spectacular, but also a fitting salute to their brave colleagues who died last year … as well as all fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.