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Cannonball Memorial Run Will Pass Through Dothan

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Apr 11 2019 2:21 PM

SAN BERNARDINO – A crew of 12 officers will travel more than 3,000 miles in a “cannonball-style” drive from Redondo Beach, CA to Washington D.C.  The crew will stop at each agency where an officer was murdered in 2018 to honor their service and ensure the officer, or the needs of the surviving families, will not be forgotten.


The crippling grief of losing an officer in the line of duty is worsened by the immediate need for resources, which are too often very scarce at smaller police agencies across the nation. This sad fact was the basis of the formation of the Cannonball Memorial Run, which was started by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sergeants John Bannes and Jason Hendrix.


“These fallen officers are our family, Bannes said. They went to work one day with every intention to help people and keep their neighborhoods safe but instead they were murdered. We owe them gratitude for their sacrifice but we also owe their families an immediate support system to help them when they need it most.”


Bannes and Hendrix were deeply impacted by the blatant ambushes on police in 2016. They decided to jump in a car, with their friend, Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Rude, and drive to each agency where the officers had been murdered to show support and camaraderie. As they traveled to some of the smaller departments and saw surviving families without ample support, Bannes and Hendrix vowed to make a difference.


 


And the Cannonball Memorial Run was born.  It is the first National Immediate Relief Fund and its goal is to raise enough money to provide $10,000 for each officer lost in the line of duty. Since October 2017, the organization has accomplished the following:




  • Created the FIRST and ONLY National Immediate Financial Relief Fund for families of all Fallen Officers.




  • Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit organization.






  • Sent more than $100,000 to the families of all fallen officers nationwide thanks to generous donors and supporters.




  • Sent handwritten, personal letters to accompany each check to the family of an officer killed in the line of duty.




  • Delivered custom crafted plaques to each agency that had an officer murdered in the line of duty.






  • Developed working relationships with ODMP, NLEOMF, National FOP and many others.




 


CANNONBALL MEMORIAL RUN – 2019 Drive


9 stops


3,720 miles


80 hours


16 Officers honored


 


 


2019 Cannonball Memorial Run Media Itinerary


Kick off


Thursday April 11th 0730 hours


Portofino Hotel & Marina


260 Portofino Way Redondo Beach, CA


Honor Officer Gregory Casillas Pomona PD, murdered


Depart 0800 hours


 


Department Send off


Arrive Thursday April 11th1000 hours SBSD Headquarters


655 E Third St San Bernardino, CA


Department send off


Depart 1100 hours


 


Stop #1


Arrive Thursday April 11th 1630 hours AZ DPS


2102 W Encanto Blvd Phoenix, AZ


Honor Trooper Tyler James Edenhofer, murdered


Depart 1730 hours


 


Stop #2


Arrive Thursday April 11th 2000 hours United States Marshals


405 W Congress St Tucson, AZ


Honor Deputy US Marshal Chase S. White, murdered


Depart 2100 hours


 


Stop #3


Arrive Friday April 12th 1430 hours Dallas PD


1400 S Lamar St Dallas, TX


Honor Officer Rogelio Santander, Jr. Dallas PD, murdered


Honor Corporal Garret Willis Hull Ft Worth PD, murdered


Depart 1530 hours


 


Stop #4


Arrive Friday April 12th 2300 Brookhaven PD


440 Hwy 51 S Brookhaven, MS


Honor Corporal Walter Zachery Moak, murdered


Honor Officer James Kevin White, murdered


Depart 2400 hours


 


Stop #5


Arrive Saturday April 13th 1000 hours Gilchrist SO


9239 S US Hwy 129 Trenton, FL


Honor Sergeant Noel Beltran Ramirez, Jr., murdered


Honor Deputy Taylor Fletcher Lindsey, murdered


Depart 1100 hours


 


Stop #6


Arrive Saturday April 13th 1700 hours Dekalb Co PD


1960 W Exchange Pl Tucker, GA


Honor Officer Edgar Isidro Flores Dekalb Co PD, murdered


Honor Officer Antwan DeArvis Toney Gwinnett Co PD, murdered


Honor Officer II Michael Wayne Smith Henry Co PD, murdered


Depart 1800 hours


 


Stop #7


Arrive Sunday April 14th 0800 hours Florence Co SO


6719 Friendfield Rd Effingham, SC


Honor Sergeant Terrence Felipe Carraway, murdered


Honor Investigator Farrah Turner, murdered


Depart 0900 hours


 


Stop #8


Arrive Sunday April 14th 1030 hours NC DPS


4650 Kahn Drive Lumberton, NC


Honor Trooper Kevin Keith Conner, murdered


Depart 1130 hours


 


Stop #9


Arrive


Sunday April 14th 1530 hours VA State Police


1186 East Lee Hwy Wytheville, VA


Honor Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, murdered


Depart 1630 hours


 


Honor Ceremony


Arrive


Sunday April 14th 2130 hours National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial


Washington, DC


 


PRESS CONTACT


Name:  Kevin Arlotti


Phone:  (909)693-2050 cell


Email:  Kevin@cannonballmemorialrun.org



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