Written by Nathan Wertheimer
UPDATE: Sanford, FL – This is an annual event to honor fallen Seminole County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Miller who was a motorcycle cop, which he died in the line of duty. The event is held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9am – 11am, at Seminole Harley-Davidson dealership located at 620 Hickman Circle, Sanford, Florida. Come on out and support our Law Enforcement Officers who are brave enough to compete in this year’s motorcycle challenge obstacle course. This event is free and open to the general public to watch. Also, this event will together on the same day with the Crimeline Chili Cook-Off.
Driving over to this event is easy to get too. If your’re coming over from Volusia County and or from the Orange County take I-4 to the Sanford exit 101 B/C and head east on State Road 46 to Hickman Drive. Then take a left onto Hickman Drive. Now take a right onto Hickman Circle and drive straight and you will find the dealership on the left side. For more parking options look for signs directing drivers to parking in the area. There may be some street side parking available.
If you have never been to this event before, you are in for a real treat. Each motorcycle officer goes through a maze like obstacle course lined with orange cones. The name of the game is to make it through the obstacle course without touching the ground with the officer’s feet, hitting any orange cones, and make it in the fastest time allowed. All officers on the motorcycle obstacle course are timed from start to finish. Sometimes the Officer does not finish because their motorcycle stalls, has mechanical problems, and or have raw nerves that got to him or her on the course.
Most Central Florida Law Enforcement agencies participate in last year’s event. Some of last year’s agencies that participate in the event were Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Sanford Police Department, Altamonte Springs Police Department, Orlando Police, Florida Highway Patrol, and many other Law Enforcement agencies too.
Law Enforcement Officers who would like to participate in this year’s event must adhere to all requirements. Are you currently a Law Enforcement Officer and assigned to a motor unit and think you have what it takes to compete in the Motorcycle Skills Challenge? If so, go ahead and call contact Sergeant Rusty Montgomery at 407-474-4835. Time is ticking before the day of this event starts.
For information on this event can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/events/347917778912026/
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