DENVER (CBS4) – A group of metro police officers gave up their cruisers and got on their bicycles for a good cause Monday.
They rode the 84 miles from Aurora to Limon to honor fallen colleague, Limon officer Jay Sheridan.
Sheridan died in March, 2011 after being shot by a suspect during an attempt to serve an arrest warrant.
Monday’s ride had a special purpose.
“We’re going to give a $5,000 check to Heather Sheridan whose husband Jay was killed in the line of duty last year,” said Tour de Force member Bill Pontious. He’s with the Aurora Police Department.
Tour de Force is an organization created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“The purpose of the ride is to remember the victims of 9/11 and to raise money for officers killed in the line of duty during the year,” Pontious explained.
That includes other rides to honor fallen officers.
“This ride we normally do would be to the police memorial on Colorado Peace Officers Memorial Day which is in May because we actually have a check to deliver today from the national group, Tour de Force, we doing this ride out to Limon today,” said Pontious.
And when it comes to support on the ride, other officers pitch to help out.
“Several SWAT officers will be driving some vehicles,” said Pontious. “Our SWAT were actually on the original call where Jay was shot in Limon and they were out there for the attempted rescue.”
It’s likely that vehicle was fairly noticeable, the SAG wagon was actually a SWAT armored vehicle known by the department as “The Bear.”