SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Today is the 4th Annual Ride to Remember, which honors the memory of fallen law enforcement officers. The ride brings attention to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston, and memorializes fallen Massachusetts police officers.
Springfield Police and community members of law enforcement and public safety agencies are gathering downtown for the start of the ride. It’s a 106 mile course from Springfield to Boston. This year, 39 police officers have been killed on the job, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Two of those officers were from Massachusetts. One was Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino Jr, 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.
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, who were killed in the line-of-duty back in 1985.
22News Storm Team Meteorologist Jennifer Pagliei and Jessica Pertuz of our sales department will be among the more than 320 riders leaving Springfield today.
The bike ride will start off at 7 o’clock this morning. Be mindful the surrounding roads will be blocked off if coming through the downtown area around that time. You can follow the progress of the riders throughout the day here on WWLP.com, where we will be providing a live stream of the ride.