“Ride to Remember” charity ride honors fallen law enforcement officers

A strenuous 106 mile bike ride that takes courage, focus, and a whole lot of commitment

FILE - 2015 Ride to Remember

SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of riders pedaled more than 100 miles from Springfield all the way to Boston Saturday for the third annual “Ride to Remember.”

A strenuous 106 mile bike ride that takes courage, focus, and a whole lot of commitment.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni told 22News it was a challenging ride. “It was tough, but everybody stuck together and rooted each other on and it was really a fantastic experience.”

Hundreds of cyclists spent their Saturday biking from Boland Way in Springfield all the way to the State House in Boston for the third annual “Ride to Remember.”

The charity bicycle ride is organized by the Springfield Police Department to raise money for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

B.J. Calvi of the Agawam Fire Department said, “It shows support for the fallen police officers, for their families, the camaraderie, the brotherhood of firefighters and police officers.”

The event began in 2013 in honor of fallen Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres.

Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney told 22News they raised about $90,000 dollars this year. A portion of that money will be spent improving the Michael Schiavina and Alain Beauregard Memorial Field.

Sergeant Delaney said, “There’s only one monument in Springfield and it’s gone to disarray so I’m doing something about it. I want to make sure that monument is something that people remember two fallen officers and they were heroes.”

A couple of years ago there were just 190 cyclists. This year, the event has grown to more than 300 police officers, firefighters, EMT’s and supporters who signed up to participate in a “Ride to Remember.”

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