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Motorcycle ride honors late deputy

Sergeant died in 2003 crash

POSTED: April 12, 2013 12:29 a.m.
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Chris Shelton, center, holds hands with Paula Land, right as Deputy Dale Henderson gather last month for the 10th anniversary of the day Deputy David Land died in a wreck.

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A ride Saturday will honor the memory of Forsyth County Sheriff’s Sgt. David P. Land, who rode his motorcycle for the last time 10 years ago.

Land was killed on March 26, 2003, when his service motorcycle collided with two cars along Hwy. 20 just east of Ga. 400.

He had been in law enforcement for 12 years and with the local sheriff’s office for five. Land had been promoted to the rank of sergeant just two days before the crash.

On Saturday, the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, also named for Land, will hold a ride and poker run to honor his memory.

The procession will start at Killer Creek Harley Davidson in Roswell, with the last rider out at 11:30 a.m., and will end at Stars and Strikes in Cumming.

Anyone can participate, whether on a motorcycle or in a car or a truck, lodge member Adam Campbell said.

The poker run will have five stops, Campbell said, but the locations will remain secret until the ride starts.

“That’s because one of the contests is to guess the mileage of the ride,” he said.

The event also features door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and the ability to purchase a second poker hand.

The inaugural ride will start a scholarship fund in the name of his daughter, Taylor Land, 16, who will be the first recipient, Campbell said.

He said the lodge had been planning the ride for some time.

“Every year, the FOP Lodge lays a wreath at the accident site,” he said. “… It’s a hard time of year for the family because it brings back all those memories, but they do appreciate everything we do.”



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