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Lawrence man hits the road to nation’s capitals to raise awareness of fallen law enforcement officers

Harry Herington, Lawrence, center, has a goal to ride his motorcycle to every state capital in the country. Early Thursday morning, Herington, joined by Lawrence police officers Tracy Russell, left, and Laurence Corder, right, prepare to hit the road to Little Rock, Ark. Herington and his Ride4Cops program wants to raise awareness of the dangers of law enforcement and support families of fallen officers. Little Rock will be Herington's seventh state capital.

Harry Herington, Lawrence, center, has a goal to ride his motorcycle to every state capital in the country. Early Thursday morning, Herington, joined by Lawrence police officers Tracy Russell, left, and Laurence Corder, right, prepare to hit the road to Little Rock, Ark. Herington and his Ride4Cops program wants to raise awareness of the dangers of law enforcement and support families of fallen officers. Little Rock will be Herington's seventh state capital.

October 30, 2009

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Lawrence man riding motorcycle to 50 state capitals

A Lawrence man is riding to every capital city in the country to raise awareness for the law enforcement community. He hopes to raise money and awareness for families of officers who lives are lost on the job. Enlarge video

Riding a motorcycle to every state capital in America seems unfathomable for most, especially in a period of just three years.

But for Lawrence resident Harry Herington - who is the chief executive officer of a multimillion-dollar company - anything is possible.

"I'm sure it makes my shareholders a little bit nervous," said Herington, who took off in the rain Thursday for his seventh state capital, Little Rock, Ark.

Herington, CEO of Olathe-based NIC Inc., isn't trying to fulfill some crazy dream he's always had. Instead, he's making the trips primarily to raise awareness about the dangers that law enforcement officers face and the families that dozens of fallen officers leave behind every year.

"An officer's biggest concern is what happens to my family if something happens to me," said Herington, a former police officer and detective. "I lived with that and I have a lot of friends still in law enforcement."

The business executive is making his trip to Little Rock with two Lawrence police officers, Tracy Russell and Laurence Corder, who are taking time off work to accompany him. Herington said he's received outpourings of support from officers throughout the country.

"I could live off just that emotion that they give back and the thanks," said Herington. "It makes you want to get on the bike and do all 50 (trips) all at once. But, I have a company to run."

Herington is working to raise more than $150,000 during his three-year journey for Concerns of Police Survivors Inc., a non-profit organization that works to help families of officers slain in the line of duty. His company has agreed to donate $75,000 to the organization, also known as COPS.

Dubbed Ride4Cops, Herington takes his mission quite seriously. His bright blue Harley-Davidson motorcycle represents his ties to Kansas University, where he earned a law degree, but also to law enforcement officers, which he calls his "brothers and sisters in blue."

Flags painted on his hog are shown flying at half-staff, in memory of the country's fallen officers. He also carries with him mementos and replica badges he's received from the families of people who've lost their lives and support his mission.

So far, he's put about 5,000 miles on his bike traveling to the capital cities in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Illinois and Indiana.

He's already thought through having to ship his bike to Hawaii, to visit Honolulu. And to get to Juneau, Alaska, he'll have to make a lengthy trip through Canada. He’s planning that for next July.

Herington’s progress can be tracked on a Web site developed by his employees, ride4cops.com, where a GPS device tracks his movement on a map.

In 26 of the state capitals, Herington has offices for his business, a government Web site management and eGovernment company that helps government agencies offer different services to taxpayers online. The trips also give him a chance to check in on his 600 employees based in capital cities across the country.

Comments

puddleglum 4 years, 10 months ago

if more people did more nice things for other people all the time, this would be a much better world.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 4 years, 10 months ago

Awesome, nice to know someone cares that much! Thank you, Lynn

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loverofdogs 4 years, 10 months ago

lawrenceguy40 must have had some experience in meeting 'LE." Too bad there is so little compassion for helping 'LE" today. COPS is a great program to help the families of those who have given their lives while trying to serve and enforce the laws that we have passed. Lawrence PD and Douglas County Sheriff dept are top notch people. Nothing bogus about COPS.

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monkeywrench1969 4 years, 10 months ago

I think Smitty is smitten with Olin. She has a very strange fixation with him almost to a stalker level.

My assumption with the downtown foot patrol probably has more to do with the article and push for a new panhandling law. after years of bloggers saying they would not go or take their family downtown because of all the begging/panhandling and the economic impact of that said boycott the city is finally listening to since sales tax revenues are down. The only way they listened was by hitting them in the pocket book.

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begin60 4 years, 10 months ago

Not a cop fan, but don't revel in seeing them murdered either. A cop was killed in Seattle over the weekend.

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one2no 4 years, 10 months ago

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StanTrekell 4 years, 9 months ago

Give 'em highway, Harry!

Save riding, Stan

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