MOUNT MORRIS – A ride and rally to show support for local law enforcement is planned for 11 a.m. June 28. People of all ages are encouraged to come out to show support, organizers said.
“It is just a little short thing to drive through a couple towns and make it known that we are in support of our law enforcement,” said event co-organizer Robert Semmel Jr.
Semmel along with friend Roberta Irwin said they came together on Facebook to organize the event and focus on the positive work from law enforcement rather than the negative.
“We are just kind of tired of hearing all of the negative publicity that the police, state troopers and local law enforcement are receiving and we just thought we would put something together,” said Semmel.
Planned is a vehicle parade that will travel through several towns. It is called “Back the Blue Ride and Rally,” and Semmel said members of the Livingston County Sheriffs Department will escort the parade. Welcomed to drive in it will be cars, trucks, motorcycles and anyone with a registered vehicle.
“It starts at Hampton Corners at the Livingston County Complex and it runs through Mount Morris, Leicester, Cuylerville and right back up 39 and right back into Geneseo at the Wegmans parking lot. There will be a short demonstration at the park across the street from Wegmans,” said Semmel.
Semmel said without police officers everything would be in chaos. He is hoping the event will help to educate people about police officers and all the good work he said they do.
“Obviously you don’t like to get a speeding ticket but they are just doing their jobs. Their lives are on the lines and you have to respect that and what they do,” said Semmel.