Cops ride bicycles around Indiana for fallen officers and their families
INDIANA (WFIE) - Monday marks the start of the 21st annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride around Indiana.
The ride pays respect to Indiana’s fallen law enforcement heroes and lets their survivors know they and their loved ones are not forgotten.
The motto of Cops Cycling for Survivors is “Riding to Remember,” and each year the group works to honor officers killed in the line of duty throughout Indiana’s history.
A departure ceremony will be held at 8:00 a.m. EDT at the Police and Fire Fighters Memorial on the capitol grounds in downtown Indianapolis.
Cyclists will depart shortly after comments by Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse.
While Cops Cycling for Survivors honors all Indiana’s line of duty death officers, this year’s ride pays special tribute to the eight officers who died in 2021:
Lt. Eugene Lasco, Indiana Department of Correction, End of Watch February 21, 2021
Reserve Deputy James Driver, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch March 29, 2021
Sergeant Thomas E. Sawyer, Hammond Police Department, End of Watch June 17, 2021
Detective Greg Ferency, Terre Haute Police Department, End of Watch July 7, 2021
Corporal Robert Wayne Nicholson, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch September 26, 2021
Reserve Deputy James R. Hirtzel, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch October 12, 2021
Town Marshal Anthony Wayne Hinshaw, Losantville Marshal’s Office, End of Watch November 25, 2021
School Resource Officer John Davis Starks, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch December 8, 2021
The Cops Cycling for Survivors annual bike ride consists of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members and friends of law enforcement riding their bicycles around the perimeter of Indiana to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana.
Funds raised from this event are used to perpetuate the memories of officers killed in the line-of-duty and to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty.
Previously raised funds have been directly donated to foundations, scholarships and camps that have been started in memory of fallen officers or by Indiana survivors in honor of their fallen heroes.
The ride is scheduled to conclude the afternoon of Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Crown Hill Cemetery, Heroes of Public Safety Section.
The closing ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
Deputy Chief Mitch McKinney of the Fort Wayne Police Department will provide the closing message.
All are welcome to attend.
The general route of the ride is as follows:
Day 1, Monday, July 11 - Indianapolis to Richmond
Day 2, Tuesday, July 12 – Richmond to Bluffton
Day 3, Wednesday, July 13 - Bluffton to Angola
Day 4, Thursday, July 14 - Angola to South Bend
Day 5, Friday, July 15 – South Bend to Merrillville
Day 6, Saturday, July 16 - Merrillville to Kentland
Day 7, Sunday, July 17 - Kentland to Terre Haute
Day 8, Monday, July 18 - Terre Haute to Princeton
Day 9, Tuesday, July 19 - Princeton to Jasper
Day 10, Wednesday, July 20 - Jasper to Jeffersonville
Day 11, Thursday, July 21 - Jeffersonville to Madison
Day 12, Friday, July 22 - Madison to Bloomington
Day 13, Saturday, July 23 - Bloomington to Indianapolis
Additional information on specific locations of meals and overnights can be found here.
Click here for more information about the organization, donations made, or this year’s ride.
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