NC officers make 250-mile memorial bike ride

May 9, 2010 4:00:31 PM PDT
Three North Carolina police officers will carry the memory of a co-worker as they make a 250-mile bicycle trip to Washington, D.C., this week. Three Duke University officers will start the Law Enforcement United Memorial Bicycle Ride on Monday and expect to arrive for a ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday afternoon, The Herald-Sun of Durham reported.

Mark Faust, David Johnson and Rekayi Isley say they are riding in memory of former Duke and Durham city officer Charles Callemyn, who died in a 2007 traffic accident while rushing to provide backup to a fellow officer.

After Callemyn's death, Faust and other Duke officers rebuilt the boyhood tree house Callemyn had loved as a child at his Hillsborough home, so his two sons can enjoy it.

"He was more than a co-worker," said Faust, 53. "He was a friend. There are people you work with, and then there are people who you work with who are friends as well."

Faust's 30-year-old son is a Raleigh police officer and is making the bike trip with Team Raleigh.

Faust said he's never made such a long bike trip, but he's been practicing and bought a French-made road bike just for the occasion.

"I've taken one of our challenge coins and mounted it on my handlebar, so if I get tired, I'll just look down at it," he said.

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