Illawarra police riders to honour fallen mates at Saturday's Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance

RESPECT: Chief Inspector Paul Allman (third from left) says Saturday's ride is a chance to remember fallen friends.
RESPECT: Chief Inspector Paul Allman (third from left) says Saturday's ride is a chance to remember fallen friends.

A mass motorcycle ride will depart Kiama Saturday morning in a show of police solidarity. 

The annual Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance honours the sacrifice of fallen Australian police and is a fundraiser for Police Legacy. 

This year’s ride pays particular tribute to the late Chief Inspector Steven Johnson (Lake Illawarra) and Senior Constable Robert Sasagi (Wollongong) and a late friend of the ride, Ulladulla signwriter John Patterson. 

“The last 12 months we’ve lost three colleagues here that have been tied into the policing community, or police officers themselves, so it’s an opportunity for us to remember those guys, to pay some homage to them,” Chief inspector Paul Allman said. 

“We invite their families along, we dress up a ute for them.

“Over the years, there’s more than those three we’ve lost and each year we speak about those guys and we certainly remember them on the day. 

“There’s a bit of time, on the ride down there, just to have a think about those mates we have lost, think about what policing’s about – the dangers it does encompass, it’s also about raising money for Legacy and looking after the children that are left behind.” 

Statewide, about 2000 riders take part in the ride, which ends at the National Police Memorial in Canberra.

The event also promotes motorcycle safety, serving as a display of riders’ abilities to share the road.