FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield Police Department has added a brand new Harley-Davidson police motorcycle to its cavalry of five.
The new bike came as a raffle prize from America’s 911 Foundation Inc. , a not-for-profit organization that funds a college scholarship program for children of active first responders, in remembrance of those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
The winning business card was drawn on the weekend of Aug. 16, and the motorcycle was presented Monday to the Fairfield Police Department.
Each August for the past 13 years, the foundation has organized America’s 9/11 Ride, a motorcycle caravan from New York, to Virginia and then to Washington, D.C., in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attacks. To aid the escort, many police departments from around the country send an officer to represent their agency.
Officer James Cheuka has represented the Fairfield Police Department in 10 of the 13 memorial rides. He was present Monday morning to help receive the raffle prize from Ted Sjurseth of Leesburg, Va., the foundation’s founder and president.
Also on hand were Chief of Police Gary MacNamara, Deputy Chief Chris Lyddy and Lt. James Perez.
The motorcycle, with an estimated value of more than $25,000 according to Perez, will most likely be used as a fully serviceable patrol vehicle.
Sjurseth said it is for the department to do as they please, noting some previous winners have turned their winning bike into a memorial to remember a local tragedy. The winning motorcycle for Greenwich has been painted in memoriam of the Newtown tragedy.