Retired Gaston County police officer biking 4,000 miles across U.S. to raise awareness for mental health among first responders

  • Source: WBTV CBS 3 Charlotte
  • Published: 06/06/2021 02:00 PM

A retired Gaston County police officer is biking more than 4,000 miles across the country with a purpose - bringing awareness about mental health and suicide among first responders. Chris Lowrance’s journey started a month ago. On May 2, he started the trip with a plane ride to Portland, Oregon. After a quick stop nearby in Astoria - he was on his way. Currently, he’s in Idaho. “Initially it was for me to have a reset after law enforcement, but I realized it was bigger than me,” said Lowrance. Lowrance says his late father-in-law was his motivation to keep cycling. As far as this TransAmerica trek, his wife was the final push he needed. “What I do, if it touches one police officer, one firefighter, EMS or dispatcher, that keeps them from making the decision of doing something to themselves, then this 4,700-mile journey of mine has been worth it,” Lowrance said.


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