(WICHITA, Kan) — He rode for more than 1,000 miles on his bicycle. Ask Jay Ferreira why he did it and he'll tell you one name was in his mind the entire time - Brian Etheridge. Etheridge served as a Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy and was killed in the line of duty last year. Ferreira, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, rode in memory of Etheridge to raise money.
Ferreira rode as part of "Law Enforcement United", a non-profit organization which helps law enforcement families who have suffered a loss. Ferreira biked from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. in May. He timed his trip to coincide with the annual Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony.
Ferreira raised $1000 to go towards the Law Enforcement Memorial of Sedgwick County which is in the process of being built. On Thursday, Ferreira presented the check to Sheriff Bob Hinshaw. Etheridge's widow, Sarah, was also at the presentation.
Officials have raised more than $600,000 in donations to build the Law Enforcement Memorial of Sedgwick County. Many have also donated time and supplies to build the memorial. It will be dedicated this Fall.