Motorcyclists and police officers united yesterday to recognize Edmonton’s “Top Cop,” Det. John McNeilly.

This honour is granted every year by the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton to commend police officers’ volunteerism in the community.

McNeilly's leadership with Edmonton Motorcycle Ride for Dad, a prostate cancer charity, was so exceptional that he was named the leader of the organization for Western Canada. The yearly fundraiser has raised $500,000 over the past three years.

McNeilly started motorcycle riding for charity when he rode across Canada in support of muscular dystrophy. While bikers are known for their tough exteriors, McNeilly was bashful about all the attention he received during the ceremony at police headquarters.

“One of the congratulatory emails I received was from a fellow I worked with. His comments was that he was coming this morning just to watch me squirm. It's weird. It's sure a big honour though and I am very happy for it.”

Reminiscing about police academy, McNeilly's colleague Supt. Joe Marshall summarized McNeilly's achievements.

“He is one of those guys who flies under the radar and does his thing. And does it well. And (he) does us proud.”

In his 32 years with the Edmonton Police Service, McNeilly has worked in various units and currently serves as a criminal investigator.

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