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Napa teen stops in Paso Robles on ride to support fallen police officers

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(Credit: A Ride to Support Fallen Police Officers Facebook page) (Credit: A Ride to Support Fallen Police Officers Facebook page)

Meet Travis Risley. He's a 16-year-old with a goal in mind: to ride from the Oregon/California border to the California/Mexico border while raising money for the California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation. 

KSBY got to speak with Travis shortly before getting back on the road when he made a pit-stop in Paso Robles, which was more than half-way to his destination. 

Travis' dad, Dan Risley, has been a police officer for 27 years and currently works for the Napa Police Department. Travis says he wanted to give back to the community while doing something he loves. 

"I like to ride my bike, and I wanted to do it for a charity, and that's what came to mind," Travis told KSBY. 

That was when he picked the California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation.

Travis began riding on July 7 with his parents and community support, hoping to wrap up his journey on July 24.  

Travis started thinking about this journey in December 2016. Why the state of California?

"It's the whole state, and it's really long distance," he said. 

He'll be riding about 1,000 miles from one border to the next. 

"(It started with) all the negativity toward law enforcement," he said. "Now I'm more mature, not an elementary kid, (so) I understand what's going on."

Along his journey, various police departments and community members have donated to the foundation, sent him positive thoughts and support, and law enforcement agencies have even provided him with escorts as he racked up miles each day. 

Some officers were inspired by his determination and joined Travis on the way, such as California Highway Patrol - Templeton - officer Mike Egan, who began his escort at the San Luis Obispo County line. 

Travis first brought the idea to the foundation, who kept tabs on the donations that started flowing in due to his efforts. Foundation officials then reached out to the Risley family a few days ago, letting them know Travis had raised more than $10,000 for his cause. 

"It's been very humbling," he told KSBY. 

Travis admits there have been a few tricky obstacles to get past, such as strong winds and exhaustion, but he says the reason behind the ride is what pushes him to keep pedaling. 

"I remember what I'm doing it for, and it's the fallen officers of California and around the country," Travis said. "And (it's) to show people there are police officers with families out there...and they aren't all bad people."

When asked what they thought of Paso Robles on their journey, they had one word in mind. 

"It's hot, hot, hot!" 

To help him with his journey, you can follow this Facebook page and send any donations to this link, provided by the California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation. 

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