Cannonball Memorial Run Will Pass Through DothanMatt Boster
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
16 Officers honored
2019 Cannonball Memorial Run Media Itinerary
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
Arrive Thursday April 11th 1630 hours AZ DPS
2102 W Encanto Blvd Phoenix, AZ
Honor Trooper Tyler James Edenhofer, murdered
Depart 1730 hours
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
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
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
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
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
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
Arrive Sunday April 14th 1030 hours NC DPS
4650 Kahn Drive Lumberton, NC
Honor Trooper Kevin Keith Conner, murdered
Depart 1130 hours
Sunday April 14th 1530 hours VA State Police
1186 East Lee Hwy Wytheville, VA
Honor Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, murdered
Depart 1630 hours
Sunday April 14th 2130 hours National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Name: Kevin Arlotti
Phone: (909)693-2050 cell