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Trek Across Texas honors fallen offi cers statewide
Polk County Enterprise - April 2009
LIVINGSTON — The Memorial Trek Across Texas will pass through town this year. The bicycle procession traverses the state, carrying a memorial flag to each county and community where a uniformed offi cer has fallen in the previous year. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Livingston Police Offi cer Caran Coward who was on duty and in uniform when her husband Randy Coward shot and killed her before taking his own life. The 2,086 mile trek will begin in El Paso on April 26 and make its way to Amarillo before heading to Dallas and south through East Texas to Houston. Trek Coordinator Steve Zany said the “bike patrol” rides in one-hour shifts with a two-hour break for repairs and rest. An RV accompanies the group on its journey. The riders will spend the night Wednesday, April 29 in Huntsville. They will have a ceremony there in the morning before riding on to Livingston for a lunchtime ceremony at the courthouse. The public is welcome to participate by carrying the fl ag for a portion of the journey. Singles or groups can have a turn carrying the fl ag while running, biking or on motorcycles. If you would like to take part, or have a group that would like to take part, contact Lt. Matt Parrish at 936-327-3117. Zany said it would be nice to have runners carry the fl ag for the leg between Onalaska and Livingston and have a motorcycle and/or bicycle group carry the fl ag south toward Houston after lunch. A core group of eight offi cers, from different departments, will start the Memorial Trek in Odessa TX. From Odessa they will ride to Abilene. From there they will head to Fort Worth, Irving, Dallas, and to Plano. Offi cers will then ride to Bowie County, Marion County and then to Gilmer. The ride will continue to Henderson County, Temple and then to Huntsville. From there they will head to Beaumont, Harris County, and Wharton and to Corpus Christi. From there we will ride to San Antonio and then on to Austin where they will meet up with the motorcycle ride, “Ride for the Fallen”. Trek riders will pass the Memorial Flag to them and they will carry it on their ride around Austin.