SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This weekend, hundreds of people will be biking 106 miles across the state to raise money and awareness for a good cause.
This Saturday is the second annual Ride to Remember that raises awareness of police killed in the line of duty and on Monday night there was a fundraiser to raise money for the cause.
It’s been one year since Springfield and members of other local police departments made the 106 mile trek on bikes from Springfield to Boston for a good cause and this weekend, they’ll do it again.
“It’s a tremendous experience and after doing it last year I wouldn’t miss it this year. It was just so impressive and such a show of unity for all of us in that way,” said Springfield Police Capt. Cheryl Clapprood. Springfield police organized the Ride to Remember after one of their own, Kevin Ambrose, was killed on the job in 2012.
At the end of the ride, names of fallen officers are added to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston. Last year Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres’ names were added to the memorial. This year MIT Officer Sean Collier is being added. Collier was killed while securing MIT’s campus after the Boston Marathon bombings last year.
Riders say the event not only raises awareness, it also brings the community together. “As a police department people realize that we’re out here for the public, we’re also out here for ourselves. Together, we’re one big family here,” said Springfield Police Detective Maria Siciliano.
The money raised goes toward the fallen officers memorial. The fundraiser Monday night was held at the Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow. It was $20 to get in the door, and all the proceeds go to the fallen officer’s memorial.
22News I-Team Reporter and Anchor Laura Hutchinson was at the fundraiser and will also be cycling alongside the officers this Saturday.