Troopers bike 140 miles to raise money for boy with leukemia

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, October 03 2015 Oct 3, 2015 Saturday, October 03, 2015 12:55:00 PM CDT October 03, 2015 in News
By: Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

LINN - State troopers usually spend their days and nights riding the highway in their patrol cars, but on Saturday, some Missouri state troopers and supporters finished a 140-mile, two-day bike trek that took them from St. Louis Children's Hospital to Linn. The bike ride raised $3,500 to support Tony Peters, 7, a second-grader from Linn recovering from leukemia. 

The bike ride, dubbed "Troopers for Tony," was spearheaded by Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Vince Rice, who heads the Patrol's training division. Rice said Tony's diagnosis had a big impact throughout the small community, and he wanted to find a way to help. 

"A lot of folks were making donations right away and I was just trying to think of a way that maybe I could raise some more money," Rice said. "I think it's just a testament to small town life anywhere, not just the Highway Patrol and law enforcement." 

Rice then got his fellow troopers together and planned the ride. Originally, the plan was to start in Linn and bike to the hospital. But as Tony made strides in his recovery, Rice and troopers decided to reverse it.

Tony, who dreams of becoming a state trooper when he grows up, was driven in an MSHP patrol car behind the bikers as they arrived in Linn. Tony said the experience was "really fun."

"We got to pull somebody over," Tony said.  "We got to watch the bikers riding and I got to use a lot of gizmos and gadgets." 

Tony got the opportunity to turn on the patrol car's lights and siren. He said he dreams of becoming a trooper because he wants to protect the public and "keep people from having accidents." 

Rice said law enforcement agencies from across the country pitched in to help the cause after troopers spread the news throughout the states' law enforcement training academies. Tony not only received donation money from various state and local law enforcement agencies, but he also received challenge coins from agencies like MSHP, the Indiana State Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and even Canada's Edmonton Police Service.

Rice said these efforts show how law enforcement across North America is a family. 

"We stand united in cause, regardless of what that cause may be," Rice said. "It was really impressive to see the support we got throughout North America."

Family members said Tony's recovery from leukemia is going very well and they expect him to fully recuperate from the disease. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia police said a fifth arrest has been made in connection with an alleged homicide on Sylvan Lane... More >>
14 minutes ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police arrested a man early Friday after reportedly finding him outside an apartment complex, looking into a... More >>
37 minutes ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 3:27:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY - The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled Friday to allow the Clean Missouri Initiative to stay... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – MU is one of only two Southeastern Conference universities to experience double-digit growth in new freshmen, while several... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 1:12:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD - President Donald Trump is set to campaign at the JQH Arena for U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley,... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 12:43:00 PM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced a resolution Friday supporting the University of Missouri-Columbia's efforts to... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 11:23:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - 82,000 Americans are still missing as the result of our country's biggest wars. POW/MIA Recognition Day is... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 10:59:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic will stop abortion services after Oct. 1 following a court ruling allowing the... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 10:20:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault by name Friday,... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 9:31:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The daughter of an 84-year-old woman with dementia alleges in a lawsuit that... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
VIENNA - The Maries County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, assisted by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, arrested an armed man... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 6:22:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from West Virginia and 10 other states are asking the U.S.... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 5:34:37 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- From January 2016 through February 2018, puppies sold at six pet store companies led to infections in 118... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 4:26:41 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's Stop Human Trafficking Coalition's 2018 conference is taking place this weekend and is a reminder that... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, September 21 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Friday, September 21, 2018 2:54:00 AM CDT September 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU's School of Health Professions will be crafting a new curriculum starting Friday after the MU Board of... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:04:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A new MU Research building is set to be built by October 2021, after the MU Board of Curators... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:32:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A warning from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services closed Stephens Lake Thursday afternoon. Columbia... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:19:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The longtime aide of former Democratic leader Mike Sanders was sentenced to six months in... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
4pm 75°
5pm 73°
6pm 71°
7pm 69°