SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Red Rose Pizzeria hosted a pizza and pasta party in Springfield Wednesday night to support the Law Enforcement ‘Ride to Remember.’
320-plus riders will leave Springfield this Saturday morning for the fourth annual Ride to Remember, which is a 106-mile bicycle ride from Springfield to Boston.
The ride brings attention to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston, and memorializes fallen Massachusetts police officers. It will also support construction of a playground, soccer fields and a monument dedicated to fallen Springfield Police Officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina.
Four West Springfield Police officers, one fire fighter, and West Springfield’s current and former mayors will take part in this year’s ride. It’s the first time West Side police will be represented.
“I’m just happy to be able to take part in it this year,” said West Springfield Police Offcier Tom Brice. “This is what it’s all about. To represent the fallen police officers, and support them and their families. That’s why we’re here.”
Saturday will be State Police Sgt. Angelo Valentini’s fourth ride to remember.
“With all the police support we have in Boston. Seeing that Citgo sign at Fenway Park. It’s unbelievable. It’s a great honor and a great feeling to do this every year,” Sgt. Valentini told 22News.
For the second consecutive year, Watertown Police Officer Brandon O’Neil will once again RUN the Ride-To-Remember route. He is running in honor of his daughter Savannah who lost her battle with an illness at age nine.
He is also dedicating this year’s run to State Trooper Thomas Clardy, and Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, who lost their lives in the line of duty this year.
Officer O’Neil will start his run at 3:00 p.m. Friday from the Corner of Main Street and Boland Way. The following morning, at least 320 riders will begin their bike-hike to Boston at 7:00 o’clock. They plan to meet O’Neil at the State House in Boston Saturday night
The first Ride-To-Remember was dedicated to Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres, who were killed in the line of duty in 2012
The Red Rose Pizzeria donated all of the proceeds from the meals to the Ride to remember Fund.