Officer Bikes Hundreds of Miles To Honor the Fallen

Joshua Ward has a got lot of peddling to do.

"A good 4 to 6 months is what it takes to do it with ease," said the Abilene police officer.

He'll have to trek though terrain much rougher than what he's used to, through winds all too similar to West Texas.

"Last year we had a good 30mph wind in our face the whole way," he said.

Yet this is the only tour Ward cares about.

"Other than that I wouldn't be on a bike," he said.

Ward is joining more than 1,000 others on the Police Unity Tour to raise money and honor police officers who've died in the line of duty.

They're the ones who make the pain all worth it.

"Hey, our guys sacrificed their lives for the people of their communities we can sacrifice three hundred miles of pain and complete this ride in their honor," said Ward.

This bike tour isn't for amateurs, they'll be starting in New Jersey and 300 mi. and a few states later end up in Washington D.C.

But its not so much where he's going, it's who its for.

"I think of all the sacrifice that's been made across Texas and Louisiana," said Ward.

Thousands of names, including seven from Abilene are sketched at the memorial where Wards tour will finish. 

Each of them serve as inspiration.

"Rodney Holder, Jeff McCoy," said Ward to name a few of the fallen from Abilene.
For Ward, one sticks out, officer Jaime de Luna-Padron from Austin.

"He was shot April 6, 2012 while responding to an intoxication call," said Ward.

That's who he'll be gearing up and riding for this year.
"As we ride from RFK stadium into the memorial and the streets are lined with family members and supporters of what were doing," said Ward, "and we enter into the ring of heroes, there's not a dry eye on a biker there."
And that's what makes it all worth it.

Ward will be joined by three others from Taylor Co. for the unity tour.

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