16-year-old cycles across California to raise awareness for fallen officers

Teen cycles 1,000 miles to raise awareness for fallen officers


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WEBVTT NIGHT’S TOPSTORY.SIERRA: THERE ARE PLENTY OF WAYSANY HIGH SCHOOLER COULD BESPENDING THEIR SUMMER VACATION.WELL, TRAVIS RISLEY IS SPENDINGHIS ON A BIKE.HE STARTED AT THEOREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER, ANDHE’S PLANNING TO TAKE IT ALL THEWAY TO MEXICO.TODAY’S PIT STOP WAS INGREENFIELD, WHERE TRAVIS TOLD USTHE REASON BEHIND THE RIDE.A SUMMER, THIS 16-YEAR-OLD WILLNEVER FORGET.I COULD BE SITTING ON THECOUCH AND AIR-CONDITIONING, BUTHERE I AM.SIERRA: HE IS CYCLING 1000 MILESDOWN THE LENGTH OF CALIFORNIA.>> I HAD TO KEEP GOING AND KEEPPUSHING THROUGH.IT WAS VERY TOUGH MENTALLY, BUTWHEN YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU AREDOING IT FOR IT MAKES IT EASIER.SIERRA: HE IS WRITING HIS BIKETO MAKE MONEY FOR FAMILIES OFOFFICERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVESIN THE LINE OF DUTY.IT’S A CAUSE CLOSE TO TRAVIS’HEART.>> MY DAD IS A POLICE OFFICER INNAPA.COUPLE YEARS AGO HE WAS WORKINGGRAVEYARD AT NIGHT, SO THEREWERE DAYS THAT I WOULDN’T WOULDSTAY UP AT NIGHT JUST WONDERINGIF HE WAS GOING TO COME BACK.SIERRA: EVERY YEAR, THECALIFORNIA PEACE OFFICERSMEMORIAL FOUNDATION PAYS TRIBUTETO FALLEN OFFICERS ACROSS THESTATE.>> TRAVIS AND I WERE ACTUALLYINVITED TO THAT CEREMONY ANDWERE WITH THE FAMILIES OF THEOFFICERS THAT WERE KILLED 18;THIS PAST YEAR AND THAT REALLYDROVE THIS POINT HOME FORTRAVIS.SIERRA: SO, TRAVIS IS PUSHINGHIMSELF TO ACHIEVE A GOAL.>> I KEPT A HIGH AVERAGE OF 90MILES PER HOUR FOR 74 MILES.>> WE CAME OUT AND ESCORTED HIMINTO OUR SKIT — INTO OUR CITYAND GAVE OUR THINKS TO HIM.WE ARE ALL FAMILY UP AND DOWNTHE STATE.SIERRA: THOSE OFFICERS AND THEIRSACRIFICES AT THE FOREFRONT OFTRAVIS’S TREK.>> THEYRE GOOD PEOPLE AND THEYALL HAVE FAMILIES THAT THEY WANTTO GO HOME TO.>> I’M READY FOR IT NOW.SIERRA: WORTH EVERY…

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