Argos has donated four new mountain bikes to the Martinsburg Police Department, reported heraldmailmedia.com. The bicycles are 21-speed Cannondale “Enforcement 29” models.
“Some of the old bikes we had been riding were more than 20 years old, but these are state of the art,” said Lt. Scott Funkhouser, commander of the department’s Bike Patrol Unit.
Bicycle and foot patrols have become a regular part of community policing in Martinsburg. Fourteen MPD officers are now bike-patrol certified, including two as instructors.
The partnership with Argos has been several years in the making, starting with a meeting between Funkhouser and Argos Human Resource Manager C.D. Linton.
“A couple of years ago, I met C.D. Linton at a police unity tour fundraiser,” Funkhouser said. “C.D. told me how much Argos appreciated MPD’s service to the community and that he and Plant Manager Heinz Knopfel wanted to contribute.
"Last year, the company contributed $1,000 for one new bike, and this year, they’ve donated four more. We have a great partnership that gets better every year,” Funkhouser said.
Chief Maury Richards added, “We deeply appreciate the support and generous donation from Argos Cement for the officers of our Bike Patrol Unit. I would like to extend our thanks and recognition to Heinz Knopfel, C.D. Linton, and the entire Argos team."
Argos acquired the Martinsburg plant as well as eight cement terminals located in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia from HeidelbergCement last year for $600 million.