DENVER (CBS4)– Motorcyclists hit the streets Wednesday for the “Ride4Cops” event which honors those police officer show have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The motorcyclists started riding at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from the state Capitol in Denver and ended at the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial in Golden.
They not only honored those officer who lost their lives serving the people of Colorado but also raised money for a nonprofit called Colorado Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., or C.O.P.S., that helps surviving families.
“Not everyone has the opportunity to be involved in something so meaningful as preserving public safety. To live a life with great purpose and make a difference in their community,” said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.
Suthers, along with other state representatives and families of fallen officers, will join Ride4Cops founder Harry Herington to honor the 271 police officers who have lost their lives serving the people of Colorado.
Herington also will present a donation to the local chapter C.O.P.S. The contribution is earmarked for Colorado survivors, and includes gifts from Colorado businesses, as well as a personal donation from Herington.
“True American heroes are those that put their lives at risk every day to protect our safety and way of life,” said Herington, the chief executive officer of Kansas City-based eGovernment firm NIC, Inc. “As a former police officer, I know firsthand that these heroes don’t worry about falling in the line of duty, but what will happen to his or her family if that occurs. The families of fallen officers need our help and it is our responsibility to provide that support. I encourage everyone to follow the Denver ride and donate at ride4cops.com.
Ride4Cops donates 100 percent of the funds it raises in Colorado to the Colorado Chapter of C.O.P.S., which provides resources to assist in rebuilding the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.