Rain was falling Wednesday morning as Sgt. Vickie Warehime began this year's Police Unity Tour, a 300-mile bicycle ride from Valley Forge, PA to Washington, D.C.
"A little rain never hurt anyone," Warehime wrote in a text message from the starting point.
That one statement reveals her bright, postitive and benevolent attitude that residents within the Pikesville precinct's borders have come to know over the years.
Warehime and about 1,400 police cyclists from around the country are participating in the Police Unity Tour 2012—an event that benefits the families of fallen officers and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The fund helps maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and its museum, both in Washington, D.C.
The goal is to make it to the memorial in time for the candlelight vigil, scheduled for the evening of May 12. There, cyclists will meet friends and family members of the fallen officers and accompany them to the ceremony.
On Wednesday, after 16 miles, the peloton, including Warehime, made its first stop to participate in the Delaware County Pennsylvania Fallen Heroes Ceremony.
"Sixteen miles of hills, burned 777 calories so far," Warehime wrote in a text message. "May need a Fig Newton."
There was an honor guard during the ceremony, and "each officer's hat is carried in their honor and their name announced," Warehime said. "As our mantra states 'We Ride for Those Who Died.'"
The tour continues Thursday.
Warehime sent photos and updates from the road. Each of the photos attached has been taken by Warehime.
Follow Warehime as she reports along the tour and at the candlelight vigil:
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