Day Thirty-seven; Footnotes of Thin Blue Line Jeep Run

Thin blue line.

Today was the Jeepin thin blue line event. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate, but my son finally told me he would go. I could have ridden with others, but selfish me wanted my Jeep in the ride. Yes, ride.

We began meeting at a local police department just before noon. As we arrived we were put in line. It was a five dollar donation per jeep to participate. Once in and in place, we got out and looked around. Every where you looked were jeeps. All manner of jeep was represented. So many people, so many different types of folks. A variety of age, gender, profession. Adults, kids, grandparents. And lots of dogs. Such fun.

It was cold, (for here and for me) so I dressed in layers to try to be warm. It kind of helped. As long as I was moving and distracted, I didn’t notice the cold. Many of the members had purchased souvenir shirts, having ordered them days ago. I wish that I had been able to get one, but there will be other events. I’ll be fine.

At one area of the parking area the police had set up a tent where they were selling shirts and raffle tickets.The money raised will all go to the Officer Tyler Herndon foundation. Officer Herndon lost his life in the line of duty. The run was to honor, to remember and raise funds.  A tent right beside of that one was from the Jeep group. They had some items along with the shirts that had been ordered but not picked up yet. At one point while waiting, a drone met powerline. It survived but for a few moments we just knew it was coming down.

Officer Herndon’s car
Memorial

Did I say that we arrived before noon? The convoy wasn’t pulling out until two in the afternoon. My son was getting very antsy by the time we finally were preparing to head out. He and a friend had helped me put an app on my phone that was a walkie talkie type thing so we could communicate among jeeps and know what was going on. I laughed at many comments and even considered adding one or more of my own. I’m glad I didn’t try as I found out later that my son had disabled the talk button. Not so I couldn’t join in, but so we didn’t accidentally hit the button.

Finally we began moving. Finally jeep by jeep we left the parking lot and headed for the interstate. The ride was fully escorted, blue lights flashed in various spots in the line. Whether it was on car or motorcycle, we were protected and safe as we rode in honor of the fallen. I’m still waiting for the official count as to how many jeeps took part, but I’m hearing it was around three hundred and fifty jeeps. A video was made of the line of jeeps and it took almost ten minutes for the jeeps to all get past.

It was funny in a way being escorted down the interstate in the fast lane. They kept reminding everyone not to allow too big of a distance between jeeps so that rogue cars wouldn’t slip in the line. Even though they did, or at least tried. There were a few drivers that we were concerned over due to their erratic driving. It was fun though to see people on the side of the road or waiting on the over passes to wave us on.

Not my photo, not sure who I ‘borrowed’ this from.

Finally we reached our exit. The police blocked traffic for a while, letting us across the lanes to where we could exit. We then filed into a parking lot and waited. Once everyone was there, they did the drawings for the raffle items. Finally James and I left and headed for home. What an amazing day. I was able to go, because I was able to distance myself from others. I know it is allergies, but as I’ve said, others do not. No sense in worrying anyone.

Once we got home I had to head out to the big box store for cat food. I had given the last I had to the cats this morning and they far outnumber me. I went for the food. Now, I’m drinking my herbal tea, trying to get my eye to quit hurting due to my contact drying out and nothing I tried helped. Ah well. It will ease. The discomfort is worth being able to participate in something so special. I’m trying to stay away until eleven because one of the local news channels are going to discuss the event and talk with people..

What a day. What an amazing, fun, wonderful day. And you know what? Star, my sweet Jeep Compass Star, was ducked not once but several times.

Only a few. More were added before we began moving.
Not my photo. Another one that I ‘borrowed’ from another Jeep member.

Thank you Officer Tyler Herndon and all other officers who gave all in the line of duty, trying to do your job, a job you love. Trying to protect and serve. We’ll take it from here, and we will support your fellow officers. A lot of good folks, promised that today and we meant that with all we have.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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10 Responses to Day Thirty-seven; Footnotes of Thin Blue Line Jeep Run

  1. John says:

    This is so wonderful, may God bless Officer Tyler Herndon and his family. 🙏🏻❤️

    • One of the interviews was with an officer from Mount Holly where officer Herndon was a part. They said that events such as this really made them feel good and supported. I still haven’t seen an official count but one report said 313 jeeps took part. That’s a lot of jeeps. One video showed the convoy, it took almost ten minutes from first to last to get by.

  2. leendadll says:

    Great event.
    I love your big purple duck!

    • Thank you. It really was an amazing event. My son didn’t let me know about going until the hour before we left. All of the local news stations covered it in some form. I felt honored to be a small part in the event.

  3. wjwingrove97 says:

    wow 😯😯

  4. That sounds like fun and very nice. What do the Ducks mean? And what were some of the Raffle prizes?

    • I didn’t purchase a raffle ticket but they appeared to be gift baskets from local businesses.
      The ducks are a fun way for one person to tell another that they have a cool jeep. Simply a moment of fun and recognition. I got all excited because my Compass usually gets passed over for the Wranglers. Not this time though..

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