SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the second year in a row, cyclists have pedaled across the state to pay tribute to police officers who gave their lives protecting the public, and 22News is providing you with coverage of this special journey.
The second annual “Ride to Remember” left from Main Street and Harrison Avenue in downtown Springfield at 7:00 A.M., and over the course of several hours, riders pedaled their way more than 100 miles, to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House. Along the way, people gathered on sidewalks to cheer them on, and drivers have been honking their horns in support.
The ride serves as an important fundraiser for the memorial, which features the names of more than 300 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. While the memorial was dedicated in 2004, the first Ride to Remember was held last year, and paid special tribute to Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres, both of whom died in the line of duty in separate incidents in 2012. Their names were added to the memorial in a ceremony following the ride.
This year’s ride will pay special tribute to Officer Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was killed in the line of duty at the beginning of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
22News I-Team Reporter and Anchor Laura Hutchinson made the statewide trip about 250 other cyclists. 22News provided live streaming coverage of the ride up through the arrival of the cyclists at the second rest stop in Charlton. We’ll have updates throughout the day here on WWLP.com, and on 22News at 6:00 and 11:00.
A map of the route for Saturday’s Ride to Remember.