Kevin Carr has been a Deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for over nine years. Prior to law enforcement he served eight years in the Marine Corps and has always had a sense of service to others. Along the way he has been a part of things that are bigger than him, seen loss, suffering and the need for support to the surviving family, blood and otherwise. Law Enforcement United is a system, which allows members to do just this… give and support through a system which ultimately makes a positive difference in people’s lives. Kevin has been a member of Team Arizona since 2011.
Chris Potter is an officer/pilot with the Tucson Police Department. He has been a pilot on the Air Support Unit since 2001, and with the department for twenty years. He has served on the Hostage Negotiation and SWAT teams, as well as the bike unit. Chris is also a small and long gun firearms instructor at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Chris is a co-worker survivor of Officer Patrick Hardesty, killed in the line of duty on May 26, 2003. He married surviving spouse Sherry Graham in 2008.
Sherry Graham-Potter is the surviving spouse of Pima County Sheriff Deputy Timothy Graham, who was killed in the line of duty on August 10, 2005. She joined Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors in 2009 as a trustee, and is currently serving as Treasurer on the Executive Board.
Sherry married long time friend and surviving co-worker Chris Potter in 2008.
Ashley Lewis has been a sworn member of the Chandler Police Department for 8 years. The 2016 Ride to Hope will be her 3rd year participating in this ride. Ashley continues to participate in this ride as it honors the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and offers much needed support to the families of these officers.
(Editor’s note: Ashley has been designated team princess)
Connie Searles, 43, is an Adult Child of Sgt. Stuart J. Searles, Sauk County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin. Connie was 11 years old when she lost her Dad in 1984. Sgt. Searles was killed in a helicopter crash while assisting with search and recovery efforts after an F5 tornado caused heavy damage to the town of Barneveld in neighboring Iowa County, Wisconsin.
Connie began training for the Road to Hope ride in late 2011 and successfully completed her first ride May 2013. This May 2016 will be Connie’s 3rd time riding the Road to Hope. She is dedicated to riding for other surviving families that have endured the same great pain and sacrifices that she and her family have experienced. She is a true advocate for helping Survivors learn how to live again after their loss. Additionally, since 2012 Connie is employed with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office within the Judicial Enforcement Division.
Susan Monroe, 42, is a deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. She is new to road cycling, but has found a love for it as cycling gives her the feeling of flying and freedom. She has been a MCSO employee for 15 years, with 11 as a deputy sheriff. Susan has been an avid supporter of the LEU ride and the families it supports and is excited to be a member of the ride this year.
Brad Kudler, 25, is a State Trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Brad has been a Trooper for 2 ½ years. This is Brad’s second year as a member of Team Arizona and he is looking forward to the 2016 Road to Hope. Brad comes from a family of law enforcement and has always wanted to give back to the community he serves. Riding with LEU allows Brad to remember and give back to those who have fallen protecting us and help those families who have lost their loved ones.
Dan Mooney has been a Police Officer for the Glendale Police Department for 10 years. He has worked in patrol in the north sector of Glendale, acted as a patrol accident investigator, is a member of the Glendale Honor Guard, and is one of the head advisors for the Glendale Explorers program. Dan is currently working as a Detective for the Vehicular Crimes Squad and is tasked with the investigation of serious injury and fatal collisions. This will be Dan’s fifth time participating in this type of ride and he is looking forward to sharing this experience with his team and his wife Stefanie who will be participating as a support team member.
Joe Meacham is 38 years old, a 13 year veteran of the Mesa Police Department and is currently a Sergeant in the Traffic Division. As an avid cyclist, he has ridden in organized rides in Arizona and California and he rode with LEU in 2013 and 2014. After a year off, 2016 will be his third ride. As a former foster parent Joe has always been interested in helping children. LEU’s focus on donating money to the C.O.P.S. Kids Camp each year is one of the primary reasons he chose to ride with them. As a member of Team Arizona, Joe has developed close friendships with officers, their families and survivors from around the state and country. These relationships have made LEU part of my extended family.
Meredith Neill is the surviving sister of Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, who was killed in the line of duty on March 8, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. Deputy Marshal Perry had served with the United States Marshals Service for 10 years, first in Washington DC and then in St. Louis.
John’s family attended National Police Week (2012) where John was honored and his name was placed on the wall along with many others. The family was amazed at the number of law enforcement officers that attended the event. These officers come not only because they lost a coworker or a friend, but they come to pay their respects to the fallen. The family cannot express how much it meant to know that John will never be forgotten.
That is why Meredith chooses to ride again next year; to show her respect for the fallen and to let their families, friends and coworkers know that their loved ones will never be forgotten. One cannot erase the pain of a loss, but we can ease it by showing respect and gratitude. Meredith is honored to be a part of Team Arizona and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Tina “TinaB” Balsewicz has dedicated her life and her career to serving her community and her country. Tina has 21 years law enforcement experience with 17 years at the Chandler Police Department. Tina has had the honor and privilege to serve with some of the best brothers and sisters in blue. During her years of service, Tina lost six brothers from her department and two from her academy class. Tina identifies with why she and her brothers and sisters took the oath to uphold the law and the personal sacrifices are associated with it, but it is the loving families of the fallen officers that suffer from their loss. Tina wanted to support those families and is a member of Team AZ for that reason; riding since 2015 and riding in 2016.
Tina’s police career encompassed duty as a patrol officer, a financial crimes detective and a property crimes detective. Currently, Tina is assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit and serves as the precinct Community Liaison. Tina is also a Sergeant Major with 25 years in the United States Army; serving as an engineer, logistician, observer controller – trainer, operations NCOIC at Pentagon, and a series of leadership positions. Tina currently serves as the Support Operations Sergeant Major for 304th Combat Sustainment Brigade.
I am a surviving parent of Glendale police officer Brad Jones, killed in the line of duty Oct. 29th 2011. I am a native Arizonian. I have worked for Southwest gas corp. for 31 years as a Measurement and Control Specialist. I enjoy hunting and spending time with my family.
I will be riding with Team Arizona LEU in 2013, to help raise funds for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) KIDS CAMP. And honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice , And To show and give support to their families.
I am Shannon Jones, Mother of Fallen Officer Bradley Ryan Jones. EOW 10-29-11. I was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona where I still reside with my husband of 32 years, Rick. We have had the opportunity to be parents to 5 great kids, 4 boys and our youngest a girl.
Last October I went through the toughest thing a mother will ever have to face, my middle child, Bradley, was killed in the line of duty. (I miss him so much). Bradley left behind two young Children Madisyn and Wyatt, what a blessing they are in our life. For the next 12 years Madisyn and Wyatt will be able to attend the COPS Kids camp. This is a fantastic opportunity for all Surviving Children. Because so many have done so much for all of us as survivors. It’s our turn. My husband and I are ready to give back. We will be riding with LEU Team Arizona this next May 2013, 240 miles to raise money for COPS Kids camp and ODMP.
Dave LaFond, 60, from Avondale, Arizona is a retired Air Force veteran and has been an Armed Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse member for ten years, working at the District II office, located in Avondale, Arizona. He serves as a volunteer posseman, working over 1,000 hours a year. Though not sworn, he has worked side-by-side with his deputy partners in patrol operations, performing primarily as a backup unit. He is currently working in the District II Investigations Unit. Dave is the commander of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse of the Litchfield Park, Arizona.
Dave has been a member of Team Arizona, LEU for the past two years, serving as its support member. As such, he transports the Team’s bicycles and equipment from Arizona to Virginia and supports the Team during the Road To Hope Ride.
Having served in the military for over twenty years and the Sheriff’s Office for ten years, Dave has experienced the devastation to families who have lost family members who died in the line of duty. He now does his part to honor those law enforcement officers and their surviving families. Dave has received two letters of commendation during his service with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael Coogan is a sworn Reserve Deputy and Terrorism Liaison Officer with Maricopa County Sheriffs Office in Phoenix, AZ. Coogan founded TeamArizonaLEU and rode with Law Enforcement United in 2013 to help raise funds for Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). LEU is a way to channel physical, mental and emotional energy into something much greater than the athletic accomplishment that is gained by riding the 250 miles over 2.5 days. With each mile pedaled on the “Road to Hope”, money is raised that will be donated to both organizations above. Concerns of Police Survivors provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors. Currently Webmaster and considering riding again in 2016.