AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals “It was awesome,” he said. “It is a very great cause.” Rosales, 39, joined a cross-country riding team of mostly Los Angeles area law enforcement officers Tuesday in New Jersey. The cross-country team had already been riding since April 15 and journeyed through 11 states in 23 days, Gottschalk said. Riders who began the tour in New Jersey came from agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles World Airport Police, Riverside Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. Each rider raised at least $1,500 to go toward maintenance of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which honors all law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1794. Funds will also go toward the construction of the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum, Gottschalk said. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy from Rancho Cucamonga completed a nearly 300-mile bicycle tour on Friday with hundreds of other officers to raise money for a police memorial and museum. For Deputy Joseph Rosales, a trainer assigned to the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center at the Fairplex in Pomona, it was his first time participating in the Police Unity Tour. “He never faltered, he kept good spirits the entire ride — even when it rained,” said Los Angeles police Sgt. Steve Gottschalk, who has participated in the tour five years. Rosales, a 15-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Department, reunited with his family at the end of the tour in Washington, D.C. The group rode from Florham Park to Ground Zero in New York City and back to New Jersey the first day, a 60-mile trek, Gottschalk said. The route included a trip through the Holland Tunnel. On Wednesday, riders traveled to Wilmington, Del., flanked by a group of 16 motorcycle officers. Thursday’s 94-mile trip was from Delaware to Annapolis, Md., and the tour concluded Friday with a 42-mile trek to Washington, D.C., Gottschalk said. The group, which had grown to about 700 riders by the last day, arrived at 2 p.m. at the nation’s capital. Riders presented a $1 million check to Craig Floyd, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Melissa Pinion-Whitt can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (909) 483-9378.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!