Sayonara 911 Ride

August 11, 2016

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Sayonara 911 Ride

After 15 years, state police in Maryland and Virginia are shutting down “America’s 911 Ride,” a memorial ride that is very heavily, but not exclusively, attended by police and firefighters.

The ride begins at Highland Harley-Davidson in Somerset, Pennsylvania on Friday, August 19, travels to the nearby Flight 93 Memorial and from there to the Pentagon and finally to the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Between 1,200 and 1,400 hundred riders are expected to participate this year.


Since 2001, the ride has been organized by Ted Sjurseth, a computer consultant who lives in Lucketts, Virginia. Sjurseth is one of the founders of the non-profit “America’s 911 Foundation.” The foundation funds “a College Scholarship program for children of Active First Responders(EMS, Fire, Police) who each day place their lives on the line for all of US.  The foundation assists Emergency Organizations with funds, materials, equipment and/or Volunteers when needed.”

This year the foundation distributed 15 college scholarships of $2,000 each. According to Sjurseth, the foundation has distributed $330,000 in scholarships over the last 15 years. The foundation has also donated 14 Harley-Davidson motorcycles to police departments.

According to David Dishneau of  The Associated Press, officials object to “the first leg of the America’s 911 Ride, from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to Arlington, Virginia, always on a Friday. State agency officials say it can cause five to 10-mile backups, and stall home-bound commuters near the Pentagon.”

Ungrateful Cops

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said commuters complain every year.

Sjurseth told Dishneau he is particularly frustrated with police because his foundation benefits the children of police. “It was like, ‘We do this for you. We have the highest regard for you,’ and it’s sad when it comes down to that,” he said.

The Maryland Governor’s office called Sjurseth a “malcontent.”

If you are interested in participating in this year’s ride you can find more information about it here.


11 Responses to “Sayonara 911 Ride”

  1. Stray Says:

    I honestly do not think that The Po did/can pull the plug on this. This ride touched the politico machine and some arse with power pulled the string on this. This affected I270 (out of Fredneck, MD) and I495 (Capital Belt), some wet noodle with a favor did this. Cops can’t just pull this shit off (Esp. something this large). This came from atop.
    again, just my thought

  2. Nobody Important Says:

    So, you helped out the police… how’s that working out for you?

    not so good, apparently.

  3. GB_FXR Says:

    Nothing against any type of charity ride, most of us do at least one a year. A ride to benefit first responders on a Friday (poorly planned) that fucks up traffic bad enough that the cops complain because they have to handle it? The Irony here is awesome. Computer guy had a good idea but logistics leave a lot to be desired. Do it on Saturday, more people participate(more $) less cops need to be involved and John Q Public only hears news that Bikers raised money for charity instead of Bikers fucking up the start of their weekend.

  4. Veteran Says:

    Let’s not forget it’s the anniversary of Benghazi as well, maybe they should give the money to the kids of the great men who paid the ultimate price that day. FTP, FTF

  5. RLG Says:

    No good-deed goes unpunished.

  6. Base Says:

    Commuters are inconvenienced so the police/ politico’s pull the plug and shut down an event that they benefit from.

    Nope, nothing stinks here. That’s reasonable & rational if your a rock!

    The governors office should understand a malcontent actually has some positive traits.

    On the other hand a politico douche bags is all negative.

  7. Wino Enzed Says:

    I suppose all that traffic duty takes them away from shooting the coloured folk

  8. Paladin Says:

    With all the crap that’s been going on in Maryland as of late, I find it laughable that the Governor’s office would call Sjurseth a malcontent.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  9. Big Dave Says:


  10. Head Chingon Says:

    Fuck the Maryland Governor’s office and the Maryland State Police. Our military veterans are much more deserving.

  11. Bone Head Says:

    They don’t want help offered in good faith and more respect than they deserve? Even for kids?


    Maybe in the future it can go to benefit Veterans? Just a thought.

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