5th Annual Sgt. Johnsey & Sgt. Betters Benefit Memorial Ride

7/25/2013 - City of Portland
389 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
www.portlandmaine.gov
CONTACT: Nicole Clegg, 207-756-8173, 207-272-4477 (cell) nicoleclegg@portlandmaine.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2013

5th Annual Sgt. Johnsey & Sgt. Betters Benefit Memorial Ride

Motorcycle ride raises funds for children of deceased Portland Police Officers

What: This Saturday, the City of Portland will host the Fifth Annual Sgt. Johnsey & Sgt. Betters Benefit Memorial Ride from Portland to Naples. Organized by Portland Police Lieutenant Janine Roberts, the motorcycle ride raises funds for the children of two Portland Police Sergeants, Rob Johnsey and Rick Betters, who passed away unexpectedly five and four years ago, respectively. Motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome to participate in the police motorcycle escorted hour and a half long ride starting at Parker’s Restaurant in Portland, ending at Bray’s Brew Pub in Naples where live music will greet riders and raffle prize winners will be drawn.

Participants can register the day of the ride, $20 per bike and $10 for passenger. Anyone interested in making a donation can mail a check made out to the “Johnsey/Betters Ride” to the Portland PD Federal Credit Union, 109 Middle Street, Portland Maine 04101. 100% of the proceeds will go to the families.

Sgt. Robert “Rob” Johnsey was hired as a Portland Police Officer in August 1999. During his nine year career with Portland Police Department, Rob served as a K-9 handler, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer, and was promoted to sergeant in January 2007. Prior to working for Portland, Rob was a Deputy Sheriff in Collier County, Florida and a member of the Army National Guard. In May 2008, Rob died due to an accidental gun shot wound to his femoral artery. He left behind his wife, Carol, and his two children, Rachel and AJ.

Sgt. Richard “Rick” Betters was hired as a Portland Police Officer in October 1985. During his twenty-three year career with Portland Police Department, Rick served as a patrol officer and team leader of the Department’s Special Reaction Team (SRT). He was promoted to sergeant in February 1999. Rick died of a heart attack at the age of fifty-two in January 2009. He left behind a wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Alexi and Fiona.

For more information, contact Lieutenant Janine Roberts at jrob@portlandmaine.gov.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2013
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM - Registration
11:00 AM - Ride start time

Where: Parker’s Restaurant
1349 Washington Avenue, Portland

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Nicole Clegg
Director of Communications
City of Portland
389 Congress Street, Room 208
Portland, ME 04101
office: 207-756-8173
cell: 207-272-4477