Deputy Rides Bike To Washington D.C. In Honor Of Fallen Friend

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Deputy Pearson is one of 35 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty so far this year across the U.S.

Last year, 134 officers were killed, including 4 in North Carolina.

One of those killed while on duty last year, Onslow County Sheriffs Deputy Steve Boehm.

Next month, his friend and fellow Deputy Sergeant Mark Perrigo will bike more than 800 miles up to Washington D.C.

Perrigo is taking the trip to honor Boehm as part of police week.

Once in D.C., Deputy Boehm will be honored in several ceremonies and his name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Perrigo says this long bike ride will be a test of endurance, but says Boehm's spirit will be with him during the ride.

19 other officers from across the region will join Sergeant Perrigo in the ride.

The ride begins in Hillsborough on May 5th.

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