BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - Retired FBI-Special Agent Jim Caverly, currently is spending the summer of 2012 pedaling across the nation to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and to raise awareness and money for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
Caverly's goal is to raise $30,000 for C.O.P.S., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing services and hands-on programs free of charge nationwide for surviving family members and affected co-workers of line-of-duty death.
Since 1990, Caverly and his wife, Jeanne, have served as grief counselors at various programs sponsored by C.O.P.S., including the National Police Survivors Conference at National Police Week in Washington DC each May, C.O.P.S. Kids Camp, and Retreats for Spouses, Parents, and Siblings.
On May 25th, Caverly dipped his rear tire in the Pacific at Heceta Beach near Florence, Oregon, and began his ride. Biking in 30-70 mile stretches from coast-to-coast, Caverly will conclude his odyssey in Bar Harbor, Maine on his 70th birthday in October. The ambitious journey crosses fourteen states: OR, ID, MT, ND, MN, WI, MI, IN, OH, PA, NY, VT, NH and ME.
"This trip is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Doing it for C.O.P.S. and the hundreds of survivors we've worked with over the past 22 years, makes it even more special," Jim Caverly stated.
Started in 1984 with 110 members, today C.O.P.S. serves nearly 35,000 people self-identified as survivors nationwide. Caverly stated: "There's no membership fee as the price paid to join - the death of an officer - is already too high. Each year in the U.S., approximately 150 officers are killed in the line of duty in sudden, traumatic, often violent, incidents."
C.O.P.S. programs to help survivors rebuild their shattered lives include: educational scholarships, counseling reimbursement, KIDS Summer Camp, Teens Outward Bound, retreats for spouses, adult children, parents, siblings, in-laws and co-workers, plus Traumas of Law Enforcement trainings for police agencies nationwide. C.O.P.S. hands-on programs are funded by grants, and corporate and individual donations.
Caverly retired in 1999 after a 27-year career with the FBI. In 2007, he and his wife rented out their house in upstate New York and moved into an RV to become full-timers, traveling and volunteering throughout the U.S.
"My goal is to make sure the 'ole man' makes it across the country. I'm his sag wagon and drive the truck pulling the camper to meet up with him every night," says Jeanne Caverly. "We celebrated our 40th Anniversary on June 24th in Missoula!";
For more information and to follow Caverly's daily progress, visit their website and blog: www.BicyclingAcrossAmericaForCOPS.org.
To donate online, go to the website or mail checks payable to C.O.P.S., PO Box 3199, 846 Old South 5, Camdenton MO, 65020. Be sure to write "Bicycling Across America" on checks and in the online donation "Comments" box.
100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to Concerns of Police Survivors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Caverly is paying all ride expenses himself.
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