Bikes for retired SC officers for first responders mental health awareness
By Anne Berléant
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — A 28-year-old law enforcement veteran peddles his bike nearly 1,100 miles to reflect on the hundreds of responders who have said they have died of suicide WMBF News.
Christopher Lowrance, a retired law enforcement officer from Charleston, South Carolina, will be killed as part of his “A penny for your thoughtscampaign. Lowrance drove over 4,000 miles during his most recent fundraiser.
“Officers carry with them a small piece of every call to duty they respond to,” Lowrance wrote of his campaign Facebook site. “Small pieces don’t weigh much. However, the weight of these tiny parts adds up over the course of a career. Sometimes officers reach the point where they can no longer support the weight of their characters… their experiences.”
This year the proceeds go to Blue HELP, a nonprofit organization that collects suicide data from law enforcement and provides support to families of officers who have died by suicide. According to the WMBF, more than 150 officers died by suicide last year.
Lowrance charges a penny for every mile he travels on his bike.
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