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Aspinwall officer rides to honor those who died in line of duty

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Aspinwall police officer Shawn McMinn is taking a 285-mile bicycle trip but needs help from the Aspinwall-area community.

McMinn is participating in the 2013 Police Unity Tour from May 9 to 12. The four-day tour begins in Hanover, N.J. and ends at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. Participants are required to raise $1,750 in sponsorships.

McMinn previously participated in the 2011 tour. He said it serves as a way to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.

“It helps keep the memories alive of those who lost their lives and gave the ultimate sacrifice,” McMinn said.

McMinn will ride in honor of Trooper Blake Coble. Coble was killed in October in South Beaver Township after his patrol car collided with a tractor trailer that was speeding and had run a stop sign. Coble was preparing for retirement after a 24-year career with the state police.

Though he never met Coble, McMinn said he likes to select an officer from the region to honor on the ride.

“Every year I like to ride in honor of an officer from Pennsylvania,” McMinn said.

The deadline to make a donation is May 1. Contributions can be made at www.firstgiving.com by searching for “2013 Police Unity Tour Shawn McMinn.” Donations also can be sent to Shawn M. McMinn, c/o Police Unity Tour, P.O. Box 24544 Pittsburgh, PA 15234.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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