CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Saturday, the Ride to Remember charity bike ride, which honors police officers who have died in the line of duty, held a tribute concert in Chicopee to raise money for fallen police officers.
The Ride to Remember is a 106 mile bike ride from Springfield to Boston. On Saturday, dozens of people gathered at the Hu Ke Lau restaurant to raise money for the charity.
Sergeant John Delaney told 22News, in a climate where police seem to be targets, community support is important, “I know in my heart that a great majority of the people back the police. The men and women in blue, that put on the badge every day. It shows in events like this where they come out and say, ‘you do a great job for us every day.'”
This year marks the fifth anniversary for the Ride to Remember. It was started in honor of Springfield officer Kevin Ambrose, who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute five years ago.
Organizers are hoping to raise $100,000 this year. Part of the proceeds will go towards building a soccer field in honor of Springfield police officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina, who were killed in 1985. Sgt. Delaney told 22News that more than 500 riders are expected to participate in the ride this September.