SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the second year in a row, cyclists will be pedaling across the state to pay tribute to police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Friday, cyclists and volunteers gathered to gear up for Saturday morning’s Ride to Remember. 230 bikers will travel 106 miles from Springfield to Boston where the names of fallen officers are added to the Law Enforcement Memorial.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News as soon as last year’s ride was over, he knew they’d do it again. He told 22News, “It was such a success; we had over 2 hundred riders last year that did it. It really caught on like wild-fire, we have over 250 doing it this year it’s going to grow and grow. Last year we raised 86 thousand dollars for the memorial, and we’re pretty close to that this year.”
Last year, the ride honored fallen officers Kevin Ambrose and Jose Torres’. This year, they’ll also honor MIT officer Sean Collier.
You can watch a live stream of the first leg of the journey here on WWLP.com. 22News will also have updates on air throughout the morning and tomorrow night.