Mt Morris/Geneseo- Ride and rally to support law enforcement drew hundreds in Livingston County.
What started as discussion between two friends on social media came full circle on June 28, 2020, when people came in droves driving in cars, trucks and on motorcycles to show their support for the local law enforcement agencies.
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“We have such a good group of law enforcement in the area, I just commend them for what they do, and I think it’s great,” said Robert Semmel, co-organizer of the event.
Semmel who has attended similar events as a biker was contacted by Roberta Irwin, co-organizer, who realized the need and want for such an event. Irwin and Semmel agreed that they did not want this to be a political statement, inviting all party affiliations who support law enforcement and advertised the event as all inclusive.
The ride and rally started at the Hamptons Corners Livingston County Highway Complex where participants started lining up at 11 a.m., the ride started at 12 p.m. in Mt. Morris, into Leicester, then Cuylerville before ending in the Genesee Valley Shopping Center in Geneseo. Throughout the event the riders were met by onlookers who also waved and cheered to show their support. The line of cars which spanned for at least a mile was assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department
Participants then gathered at the Blue Star Park at the corner of Volunteer and 20A in Geneseo where Irwin gave a quick speech thanking everyone for coming.
“We want these officers to know that we support them for what they do. Even in times like this when they have negative things thrown at them. They go in and keep people safe even in times of unrest.” said Irwin.