SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Ride To Remember is just a couple weeks away. 22News is working for you with why the Ride To Remember fundraiser is such an important remembrance.
Its a time to remember those police officers who have fallen, and gave their own life saving others. This year is the fourth anniversary of The Ride To Remember.
It was a tough day in the city of Springfield after Kevin Ambrose lost his life doing his job, saving people. It was than people wanted to do something in Kevin’s honor. Westfield police officer Jose Torres was also killed on the job that year. That’s how the Ride To Remember started. A bike ride from Springfield to Boston. More than 100 miles.
Springfield Sergeant John Delaney, who organizes this fundraiser every year, says its a way to remember those police officers who have fallen. Sergeant Delaney told 22News, “We honor Kevin every year but every year in Massachusetts we’ve lost police officers in the line of duty this year we’re doing it for 2 officers who lost their life in Massachusetts that lost their life along with Kevin .”
Last year about 30 police officers, fire fighters, EMT’s, and sheriffs participated in The Ride To Remember, but its not just for law enforcement, anyone can do it. Representing 22News along with myself is Jessica Pertuz, a sales representative at 22News.
This year about 300 people are riding again. The ride ends at the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston.
There is still time to sign up it’s on Saturday September 17th. All donations go to “Fallen Officers Memorial” in Boston.