WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Twenty-five law enforcement officers are in the middle of riding their bicycles from Florida to Washington, DC. It's a 13-day trek that includes a stop in Wilmington.
Today, the officers visited the spot where Wilmington police officer Rich Matthews died on Shipyard Blvd. last year.
Wilmington police Lt. George Perkins is one of the 25 cyclists. For him, this was the most emotional day of the ride so far.
"I was going to do this ride even before rich died," Perkins said. "In fact he was supposed to ride with us this year. In fact he went with this group two years ago from Wilmington to Jacksonville. He had just started out riding, and this was the year was going to go all the way to DC with us."
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous welcomed the riders at a ceremony outside police headquarters this afternoon. The ride is called Law Enforcement United. The cyclists want to ensure fallen officers are never forgotten.