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Tribute motorcycle is memorial to fallen officers

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By Alice Du Pont

On Sunday, March 25, 2007, a routine call came into the Moncks Corner, S.C. Police Department on a domestic violence situation. But there is never anything routine about domestic violence and that day was no different. Before the afternoon was over two officers lay dead including Quincy native Michael Wells.
Wells and Officer Marcus Stiles were the only officers ever killed while on active duty in Moncks Corner. Lt. Michael Roach was the men's immediate supervisor and was devastated by the deaths.
There were memorials and the department has done things but I always wanted to do something. When it happened we'd never loss an officer but in that year (nationwide) 186 officers were killed in the line of duty that year," Roach said.
A motorcycle enthusiast, Roach did what, he said, worked for him at the time. He took a 2006 Yamaha Roadstar and transformed it. Taking the bike down to the frame was only the beginning.
"I designed it and Custom Chopper out of Summerville, S.C. did all of the art work. There are several murals on the bike, including two on both saddle bags, each contains 98 names, equaling the 186 officers. Another mural contains an officers' badge with the black ribbon across it, while another is a flag draped coffin. On the fender are replicas of the badges of Wells and Stiles, their officers' numbers K-11 and K-15 respectively, are painted on. He said that five different shades of blue were used to paint the bike.
Roach said he took the motto, "In Valor There is Honor" that appears on the motorcycle and the back of his T-shirt from the Law Enforcement Wall in Washington, D.C. Once the motorcycle was completed, Roach took it first to the Memorial Wall.
"I brought it here because I wanted the families to see it first.
Each year, since the death of Officer Wells, representatives from the police department make the trip to Quincy to visit the grave site and memoralize their fallen comrade.