Members of the Washington Capitals give back to their adopted communities often. Evgeny Kuznetsov is just one example. Kuzy has made donations to Officer Down Memorial Page, or ODMP. This weekend, ODMP will hold it’s annual fundraiser.
The 6th annual Officer Down Memorial Ride (ODMR) will take place Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Haymarket, Virginia. Approximately 630 or more riders and their families are expected to take part in the event with includes a 60-mile motorcycle ride, live music, raffles, food, and antique police cars and motor unit demonstrations.
The annual event is held to raise awareness for and honor line of duty deaths among law enforcement officers as well as to raise awareness. The ride event has attracted over 2,000 participants and raised over $100,000 for ODMP in its short six-year history.
The national non-profit is based in Fairfax, VA and has honored the memories of more than 22,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in our country. Additionally, ODMP partners with organizations to provide bulletproof vests for officers, runs a No Parole program to help ensure that cop killers remain behind bars, and works with initiatives like Below 100 that aim to improve officer safety and awareness and reduce line of duty deaths across the country according to a flier about the ride.
Originally founded in 1996 by Chris Cosgriff, then a student at James Madison University, to honor those killed or wounded in 1996, the site expanded to include 1990-present. Then it expanded to include those who have died in the line of duty since the 1790s thanks to the aid of the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, Inc. Additionally the site became international when ODMP Australia and ODMP Canada were created in 1997. In 1998, ODMP New Zealand and ODMP Central Europe followed suit.
If you would like further information on ODMP, you can find information on their website or stop by their event Saturday and check out their Caps gear raffles. Please send us pictures if you win!
By Julie Beidler
— Beids (@juliebeidler) April 16, 2017