I cut and pasted this story from the North Port Sun:
As Lee County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Drum responded to a crash in 2003, a car pulled out in front of his motorcycle.
With nowhere to go, Drum laid down his motorcycle, sending him tumbling. He suffered two ruptured disks in his lower back, needing a cane and walker to get around after surgeries.
Today, Drum knows the outcome could have been worse. He could have been one of the roughly 150 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty each year.
With that in mind, Drum took the first steps Wednesday on his 10-day, 390-mile trek by foot from Lee County to Tallahassee, raising money for 177 families and 265 children of officers killed in the line of duty. He calls his efforts the Walk for the Fallen.
Drum has raised about $35,000 for Concerns of Police Survivors, a national nonprofit organization supporting those families. He’s almost to the goal of $39,000, or $100 for each mile.
“Last year was a horrible year for law enforcement officers nationwide,” Drum said. “There are 177 tragic stories, but with the help of the COPS organization, there are 265 stories that are still going to be told.”
As the sun rose Wednesday, about 100 deputies, family members and supporters sent off Drum from the Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Each day, Drum expects to run and walk about 40 miles, hoping to reach Tallahassee by May 4. He’ll stay in the state capitol for the Florida State Fraternal Order of Police memorial for fallen officers scheduled on May 6 and 7.
He passed through North Port Thursday morning between 9 and 10 a.m., walking in the right lane of U.S. 41 with his brother, Rob, visiting from Ohio. Behind the two men, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and North Port Police Department cruisers with lights flashing shielded them from passing motorists. One motorist honked and gave Drum a thumbs-up.
“I feel bad we’re tying up traffic,” Drum said Thursday, adding most have been supportive as he walks. On day two of 10, he said he was a little sore from day one.
“I ran about two-thirds of the 39 miles (Wednesday),” said Drum, who planned to make it to Sarasota by Thursday night.
Drum’s run has been about a year and a half in the works, marked by long training days, fundraising events and some health hiccups. He often rose at 3 or 4 a.m. to train, working up toward his first marathon. About a month and a half ago, he came down with pneumonia.
Along the way, Drum has had supporters back him. Several local Chickfil-A franchises and The Sandy Parrot in Fort Myers hosted fundraisers, with the latter donating $3,000. An art auction brought in about $3,000. Snyderman’s Shoes donated running kicks.
“I appreciate the support that’s just been pouring in from everybody recently,” Drum said.
Charlene Orsine heard about Drum’s run and chipped in, driving along Drum’s route Tuesday up to Sarasota, leaving messages in chalk every few miles.
“I just stopped and wrote, ‘Go, Dave, go,’ or, ‘You inspire us.’ Just little messages along the way,” Orsine said.
You can follow Sgt. David Drum’s progress as he runs and walks to Tallahassee for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty at http://bit . ly/lvqEJ6, or visit Walk for the Fallen on Facebook.
Obviously, this officer has had a bad shake and he has a worthy cause, trying to raise money for children of officers who have died in the line of duty. But I guess my point is, everyone thinks their cause is the most worthy. And police aren’t going to let us walk in the middle of the road without charging us with multiple offenses if we don’t get off the road.