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Letter: New Kent School Superintendent, transportation director save the day for local police

12:00 AM EDT, May 22, 2014

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To the Editor:

Dear School Board members,

I would like to commend Superintendent Dr. Robert "Rick" Richardson Jr. and Transportation Director Stephen King for their help this past weekend.

On May 10, the law Enforcement United-Police Memorial bike ride had just reached New Kent in Lanexa approximately 1 mile from the line, when a severe storm broke. The group of more than 300 riders was forced to find shelter from the lightning and rain back at Liberty Baptist Church. The buildings were locked so they huddled under the pavilion and against the buildings, although there was not enough coverage for them all.

Church members Butch and Janet Gay were quick to respond and came to open the church for shelter and refreshments. However, by the time the storm cleared, it was evident the group would not have time to make it to their reserved hotel rooms in Henrico before sundown.

The group's support team did not have the means to carry everyone, so I contacted Dr. Richardson for help with transportation. Dr. Richardson readily approved the use of a school bus and driver to shuttle riders to Henrico. Stephen King came out and picked up the bus for us. He was extremely helpful with the riders and even drove the bus himself.

New Kent School System has always had a great relationship with our sheriff's office, which has continued under Dr. Richardson's guidance.

Sincerely,

F.W. "Wakie" Howard Jr.

New Kent County Sheriff