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Law enforcement officers preparing for a triathlon

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Some local law enforcement officers are gearing up for the Beach to Battleship triathlon in memory of their fallen comrades. Two members from the Wilmington Police Department and one from Wrightsville Beach Police Department will be biking, swimming and running in the triathlon on November 1st. Captain Jeff Allsbrook, Lieutenant George Perkins and Officer Jesse McCubbins are collecting donations for a memorial wall planned for the front of the Wilmington Police Department headquarters. “What we decided to do when we formed the team is to run in honor of the seven Wilmington officers who've died in the line of duty. We're trying to get people to sponsor us on a per mile basis. We think it’s for a great cause,” said Captain Allsbrook. Lt. Perkins said, “That's the whole purpose of that memorial wall, so that these officers who died in the line of duty will not be forgotten and their families will know that they're not forgotten and that's why we're doing what we're doing.” To find out how to make a donation, contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600.

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Officer Memorial is City's Responsibility

The City of Wilmington has the responsibility to honor the officers who've died in the line of duty, on her behalf. It shouldn't fall on these officers. Bess Street isn't the place for a memorial either. Almost anywhere along the River is a more appropriate place. Even Dram Tree Park would be a better choice. Someplace accessible to foot traffic and relatively quiet so visitors can reflect on their sacrifice would be appropriate.

Great Idea

Great work George. I'm a fellow cyclist and I know this cop pedals around like a maniac. He's already ridden cross country for other officer killed in the line of duty. He's riding over 100 miles for this one. We should all support him and the other two cops with this idea.