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Riders roll in memory of fallen RCI officer

August 24, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- About 85 motorcyclists rode Sunday in the fourth annual Jeffery A. Wroten Memorial Motorcycle Ride to honor the memory of a correctional officer who was killed by an inmate in January 2006.

"It's not so much a fundraiser anymore as it is a memorial ride," said Donny Seibert, who worked with Wroten at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown.

Seibert led the ride Sunday under blue skies and warm weather.

Wroten was shot with his own gun by an inmate he was guarding at Washington County Hospital. The inmate was taken into custody after a brief escape, convicted of Wroten's murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The ride began at 1 p.m. at the entrance of Conservit Inc. on Sharpsburg Pike. Riders completed a 38-mile course in Washington County.

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"This year for the first time, we will end the ride at RCI near the building named for Jeffery," Seibert said last week.

Seibert, a member of the Southern Cruisers Motorcycle Club, said he planned to ride this year, but because of disabilities was passing the organization of the annual ride to Mick Diseati, president of the Pride Motorcycle Club, to which state and federal correctional employees belong.

As the ride ended at RCI at about 2:30 Sunday, Diseati said no money was required this year from participants. It was strictly a memorial ride.

"It was very special that we could end at the prison," Diseati said.

The motorcycle club donates money to the Wroten family throughout the year, Diseati said.

The 2008 ride raised between $2,000 and $3,000 for Wroten's children, Seibert said. About $9,000 was raised in the ride's first year, Seibert said.

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