SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was more than 10 hours ago when the 4th annual Ride to Remember began in Springfield. Police officers and their families were there to see the riders off on their journey.
First time volunteer, Valerie Bailey of Longmeadow told 22News, “Support the riders for this good cause.”
Saturday, law enforcement officers and family members of fallen officers all gathered in downtown Springfield for the 4th Annual Ride to Remember bike charity ride. The bike ride honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“I feel very honored to be able to volunteer. And I think it’s for a wonderful cause. I mean that’s a lot of heartache for people who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty,” said Bailey.
It’s a 106 mile bike ride from Springfield to Boston. Hundreds of riders arrived before dawn, and began their journey shortly after 7am Saturday.
“We’re a part of this for a good cause,” said Bailey.
Energized and ready to honor fallen officers.
“Everything that they do for us, this is the least we can do to give back,” said Ralph Capun of East Longmeadow
This year, 39 police officers have been killed on the job, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Two of those law enforcement officers were from Massachusetts.
Capun told 22News, “You know what, the fallen officers accomplished their entire lives and then tragedy happens, so this is a little way to give back.”
One was Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino Junior, who was killed during a routine traffic stop that turned deadly. The second was State Trooper Thomas Clardy, who was killed in a traffic accident in March.
22News enabled viewers to follow the riders as they made their way east.
Proceeds from the ride will support construction of a playground, soccer fields and a monument dedicated to fallen Springfield Police Officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina.