BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Just over one month ago, Wallace Britton, a Baton Rouge police officer, was hit by a vehicle while on duty standing outside of his unit.
Those who know him are not surprised he survived the accident that launched him nearly 50 feet. Those friends took time to make sure he understands how much he is appreciated.
The 4th Sunday Riders mounted up for a ride unlike any other Sunday afternoon. The group, comprised of about 50 riders, cruised down Siegen Lane as Britton looked on. The gesture, along with a donation from Twin Peaks restaurant, was all in an effort to help Britton with his recovery.
"Two broken legs and he has some reconstruction to ligaments in his right knee, so he's got a long road ahead and I know him and know the family and I just wanted to do something to help," said Craig Michelet, who helped organize the fundraiser and ride.
"This is a way to keep him involved in the community, show the community support for him and other law enforcement officers and first responders, but show them we do care for them in their time of trouble," added 4th Sunday Rider Bill Hileman.
"We're here to show you support and show you how much we appreciate you," Michelet said to Britton.
The riders presented Britton with a T-shirt in honor of his nickname. The shirt is also a way to bring in some money for his journey back.
"We have a T-shirt for you. It's a Superman T-shirt but on the back it's something special. It's a police officer's prayer," added Michelet.
The former kickboxing champion and Tae Kwon Do expert was overcome with emotion while his friends said it was the least they could do.
"His drive and dedication is beyond anything I've ever seen and with our support and we're there to help him to push him and lift him over the humps and kick his butt when he doesn't want to get up. That's what we're there for," said Hileman.
In addition to partial sales from Twin Peaks going to aid in Britton's recovery, there is also a Wallace Britton fund set up at Baton Rouge City and Parish Employee Credit Union where folks can make additional contributions.
Folks interested in getting a T-shirt can also like the 4th Sunday Riders' Facebook page and then fill out contact information.