Watertown Police officer running the entire Ride to Remember route

Officer Brandon O'Neil hopes to complete the 106 mile route in 25 hours


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This year’s Ride to Remember, which honors the memory of fallen law enforcement officers, will begin on Saturday in Springfield. But a Watertown Police Officer Brandon O’Neil began his journey a day early.

Officer O’Neil is running the entire Ride to Remember route from Springfield to Boston. He started that journey at the corner of Main Street and Boland Way in Springfield at 3 p.m. Friday. Officer O’Neil will be running at all hours of the day and night, in memory of his daughter Savannah who died at age 9.

He’s also running to honor the memory of slain State Police Trooper Thomas Clardy and Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino. “I’m part of the law enforcement community and we are all a family,” O’Neil told 22News. “When we lose an officer, we lose a family member of our community. I ran this last year and got there in 26 hours. I missed the ceremony, so this year I hope to get there in 25 hours.”

When he finishes, Officer O’Neil will have run a total of 106 miles. 22News will be covering all the riders as the sea of blue departs Springfield for Boston on Satuday.

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Jennifer Pagliei, and Jessica Pertuz of our sales department, will be riding.

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