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From Anchor Christine Devine

As A Fellow Harley Rider: Prayers To An Injured LAPD Traffic Officer

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It is every motorcyclists greatest fear. Being hit by a car. As a Harley rider myself, my heart is with the LAPD as a motor officer hit on Saturday by an alleged DUI driver remains hospitalized in very critical condition, his family by his side.

I happened to be emceeing an event for the LAPD Saturday. With word of the accident coming in that evening, Chief Charlie Beck(a former motor officer himself) made his remarks to the audience and asked for prayers. He turned his program duties over to an assistant Chief and left to be with his officer. By the end of the program the severity of the officer's injuries became apparent. The family has asked that his name not be released.

He's undergone several surgeries and was in an induced coma. His partners and fellow motor officers all gathered at the hospital. One tells me of the heartbreak watching his LAPD brother being rolled past him and into yet another surgery.

Having talked to fellow officers within Valley Traffic I can tell you the badly injured officer is not only a veteran, but honored for his excellence. How tragic to think this cop who works DUI was hit by the exact kind of person he worked to get off the streets. The woman driver of a Chevy Blazer(no stranger to police) was arrested, allegedly under the influence of drugs.

My introduction to motorcycles came about 20 years ago through law enforcement. A fellow newscaster and I were asked by a community activist to emcee an event for The Choir Boys, a law enforcement motorcycle club. They were doing a benefit for foster care. I was mesmerized! There's nothing like roaring down the street with the sound of two hundred Harleys. My colleague and I both took lessons, got ourselves a license, and bought bikes.

One of my more recent group rides was with East LA deputies who honored a fallen deputy and recognized Wednesday's Child. A teen who wanted to be an officer got to lead the way riding up front in a monster truck. A favorite ride benefits The Boot Campaign, a fundraiser for the troops. We also do rides to benefit causes battling substance abuse.

Being a novice I have stopped riding solo fearing my skills not advanced enough to get me out of a dangerous situation. My fiance' rode dirt bikes as a kid and is quite the skilled rider. He's even on the FX TV show Sons of Anarchy. We are Harley people and I do ride with him as a passenger.

There's a unity among bikers. It is a feeling of family, a kinship of understanding. Every motorcyclist knows the highs of being on a bike and the lows. Bikers tie a Guardian Bell on their bike, a good luck charm of sorts. It's also called a Gremlin Bell to ward off road gremlins like potholes and other hazards(and distracted and DUI drivers!!!)

When given by a friend or family member its said the bell takes on extra magic. One of the injured officer's partners tells me sometimes their children will give them the bell. The injured officer is a family man. May the Guardian Bell work its magic. From a fellow Harley "wife" I send my prayers. 

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