FSU PD Cycles for 24 Hours Straight

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida--

Major Jim Russell and other officers with FSU PD are cycling for 24 hours straight to raise awareness of health and wellness, for their "Ride for Duty."

"Things we find in law enforcement is that officers that do some basic exercise are able to do reduce their stress, they are better able to perform their job, they use less sick day," said Russell.

While promoting wellness, they are also raising funds for spinning bikes at the station.

Russell said, "This is something extra, so we want to raise private donations to implement this program."

The 24 hour ride started at 9 Monday morning, and people in the Alumni Village in Tallahassee have seen the cyclists circling the area all day.

Major Russell laughed and said, "People see me ride by and no big deal. Then they see me a second, third, fourth time, and you start getting theses looks like what is this guy doing?"

"He passed me 5 times, and then I just saw him when I was walking now," said Nikki Hinson.

Ernest Johnson said he saw him a lot. He said, "about 10 times."

Bruce Guiton said Major Russell was going fast. He added, "Looked like about 30 miles an hour."

Major Russell got some company and is expecting even more to join as the hours move on.

Those that saw him said, "He's doing a good job ... I don't see how he can ride 24 hours."

Johnson said, "It's the police riding around ... it would be a sure force for the neighborhood."

The officers said when they are in shape, the whole FSU community benefits, and that's why they are doing this.

FSU PD will continue to ride until 9 Tuesday morning.


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