Sunday, May 10, 2009

Law Ride 2009, 14th Annual Ride

For the past two years, Deputy Sheriff Larry Canfield of the Sacramento County, CA, Sheriff’s Office was the one who organized motorcycle cops from his region to come to Washington, DC, to honor their fallen colleagues during National Police Week. This year, sadly, it is Larry Canfield’s fellow motor officers who have come to DC to honor him.

Last November 12th, Deputy Canfield, a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was pursuing a speeding motorist when another driver made a left turn and rammed into the deputy’s motorcycle. The devoted husband and father of two was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

On Sunday, nearly four dozen motor officers from the greater Sacramento area rode in the 14th Annual Law Ride to honor and remember Larry Canfield. Riding with the Blue Knights, Virginia II Chapter, the northern California officers joined hundreds of other officers and supporters on motorcycles who made the noisy, yet solemn three-mile run from RFK Stadium to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for a service and wreath laying ceremony there.


The show of support for Deputy Canfield was organized primarily by Sergeant Scott McCartney of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. He is also president of the Western States Motor Officers Association, in which Larry Canfield was active. In addition to two dozen motor officers from the sheriff’s office, the contingent includes members of the municipal police departments in Sacramento, Folsom, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Citrus Heights and even Carson City, NV.

A truly impressive showing for a truly remarkable law enforcement professional.

Law Ride is the first major event of National Police Week 2009.

Monday: the 30th Annual DC Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service, organized by the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Auxiliary. It begins at 11 AM at the Metropolitan Police Department Memorial Fountain, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW.

For more information about National Police Week 2009, including a complete schedule of events, visit


  1. It's truely an insult that the "Law Ride" event today (5/10) was not covered by the local media(D.C/Md./Va.)or the National media this evening. Can someone help me out and explain where this country is heading? Do they not know the symbolic meaning of the "THIN BLUE LINE"?

    Politics, Politics...and so the liberal media bosses continue to bark out orders to their subordninates demanding to get the "breaking news". I ask you, what is more vital to our country? The protection of our citizens and properties or whether or not the White House "puppy" is house trained?

    God Bless Us All!

    A Concerned COP.

  2. Great Law Ride content. Thanks NLEOMF.

  3. Anonymous,
    Why didn't you call the local media to find out why? Instead of you sitting behind a computer making those comments. Better yet, why didn't you call the conservative media and advised them of the event?

  4. Dave (A UK Police Officer)May 12, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Having visited DC during Police Week '04 I would just like to offer my support for LEO's across the pond.

    Stay safe all.

    'We will remember the fallen'

  5. I am very honored to be the wife of a LEO and a survivor. My Sister in law was in killed in the line of duty this past year. What a beautiful site to see bike ride, thank you for making it possible to see the events via the web, I was unable to attend this year, but my brother, husband, dad and father in law will be there. Thank you to all those who have served in Law enforcement.

  6. Though still under construction here is my 2009 LAW RIDE webpage at

  7. This year was special for not only coming for the third year and working the event, but riding for my friend and a motor cop with my team from the Sacramento Sheriff's Department, larry Canfield. RIP my brother and all that lost their life protecting! Deputy Marcus James (5MARY6)