The drive begins on September 28th, 2017 from the Santa Monica Pier on the West Coast. The Santa Monica Police Department will assist with the Opening of the Drive.
The stops along the way will be coordinated with Departments who have lost Officers in the line of duty. Patches will be collected to commemorate the sacrifices these fallen heroes gave to protect the peace and safety of American citizens.
The first stop in the run will be at the Whittier Police Department to honor Keith Wayne Boyer, a 28 year veteran of the department.
Boyer was shot an killed on February 20, 2017 by a known gang member during a routine traffic accident investigation.
The second stop is with the Navajo Nation Police District in Crownpoint New Mexico to honor Officer Houston James Largo, a five year veteran of the department.
Largo was shot during a domestic violence investigation on March 11, 2017. Despite a valiant effort by a warrior spirit, Largo succumbed to his injuries the following day.
Our third stop will be with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma to honor fallen hero Deputy David Wade, a three year veteran of the department. While attempting to identify the subjects, on e of them shot him
Wade contacted three subjects during the service of an eviction. One of the subjects open fire on Wade striking him multiple times. The suspect fled the scene in Wade’s stolen police vehicle. Wade was airlifted to a medical facility where he died of his injuries.
Our fourth stop will be at the Tecumseh Police Department in Oklahoma to honor fallen officer Justin Terney, a one year veteran of the department.
Terney conducted a traffic stop in the late evening of March 26, 2017. The driver, wanted for warrants fled on foot. Terney pursued the suspect. Terney deployed his taser in an attempt to control the suspect but the taser had no effect on the suspect. The suspect drew a handgun and shot Terney several times. Terney was able to return fire striking the suspect. Terney was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries in the early morning hours of March 27, 2017.
The fifth stop will be with the Little Elm Police Department in Texas to honor Detective Jerry Ronald Walker, a 19 year veteran of the department.
Walker, along with other officers responded to an armed subject call. When police arrived, the armed suspect ran into a house and began shooting at the officers. Walker suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his neck.
The midway point of our drive will bring us to the Dallas Police Department to honor five fallen heroes.
Dallas suffered one of the worst attacks on police in history in history. Dallas has become an anchor point for the Cannonball Memorial Run.
Our seventh stop on the run will occur at the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 3 in Texas to honor fallen officer Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood, a 30 year veteran officer.
Greenwood was ambushed behind his agency’s headquarters. Greenwood was transported to the hospital but didn’t survive his injuries.
Our eighth stop will be in the Parish of East Baton Rouge in Louisiana to honor fallen officer Sergeant Shawn T, Anderson, an 18 year veteran of the office.
Anderson was shot and killed while contacting the suspect of a rape on March 18, 2017.
Our ninth stop on the run will be at Westwego Police Department in Louisiana to honor Officer Michael D Louviere, an 18 month veteran of the department.
On January 20,2017, Louviere was assassinated while trying to care for a female injured in a car accident.
At our 10th stop, we will visit Georgia Southwestern State University to honor two fallen brothers, Public Safety Officer Jody Carl Smith and Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr from the Americus Police Department (Patch reflected below).
On December 7, 2016, Smarr and Smith, both four year police veterans, responded to a domestic violence call. When the arrived, the suspect led the officers on a foot pursuit. The suspect shot at both officers striking them both in the head.
Despite the injuries sustained, Smarr was able to return fire and perform CPR on Smith until Smarr collapsed from his own injurues. Smarr died after being transported to the hospital. Smith was transported to a trauma Center where he died the next day.
Both Smarr and Smith will be honored at this stop.
Our 11th memorial stop will be with the Orlando Police Department to honor Lieutenant Debra Clayton, a 17 year veteran of the Department.
Clayton was shot and killed attempting to contact a murder suspect. During the manhunt for the suspect, Deputy Norman Lewis of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was killed in a traffic accident searching for the suspect.
Following her death, Clayton was posthumously promoted from the rank of Master Sergeant to Lieutenant.
Our final memorial stop on the run will be with the Virginia State Police to honor Fallen Officer Special Agent Michael T. Walter, an 18 year veteran of the department.
Walter was fatally shot during a vehicle check while conducting crime suppression enforcement.
Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr , Americus Police Department.
The 2017 Cannonball Memorial Run will conclude at the National Fallen Officers Memorial. The goal is to arrive at 1100 am on October 1, 2017, 72 hours after the run began in Santa Monica California.
The memorial stops were scheduled to highlight officers murdered in the course of their duties, but the Cannonball Memorial Run team want to honor all law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the rights and liberties of all American citizens.
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