Cops Cycling for Survivors recently announced the ride schedule for its annual bicycle tour of Indiana.
The group, whose aim is to raise awareness and actively support survivors of Indiana law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, will bike nearly 1,000 miles in 13 days in July to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their survivors.
In 2002, Cops Cycling for Survivors began with a ride to Washington, D.C., to honor fallen officers. The cyclists now ride through Indiana meeting with survivors of officers to support them as they continue to deal with the loss of loved ones. The group honors the more than 400 Indiana officers killed in the line of duty by reading a memorial for each officer during the tour.
In addition to memorializing officers, Cops Cycling for Survivors raises financial support for survivors. Proceeds from the annual ride provide line-of-duty death benefits for primary survivors as well as fund scholarships, camps and other avenues of support for survivors. The group also assists Line of Duty Death Justice as survivors work through years of court dates, including parole hearings and appeals. More information and a donation page can be found at copscycling4survivors.com.
The 2019 Cops Cycling for Survivors truck also was recently unveiled. Each year, the truck honors officers killed in the line of duty from the previous year. This year’s truck is in special memory of Sgt. Ed Bollman, Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett, Patrolman Rob Pitts, Officer David Tinsley and Sgt. Ben Bertram.
Dates and routes for the 2019 cycling rides are: Indianapolis to Lapel (July 8); Lapel to Bluffton (July 9); Bluffton to Angola (July 10); Angola to Mishawaka (July 11); Mishawaka to Merrillville (July 12); Merrillville to Kentland (July 13); Kentland to Terre Haute (July 14); Terre Haute to Princeton (July 15); Princeton to Huntingburg (July 16); Huntingburg to Jeffersonville (July 17); Jeffersonville to Madison (July 18); Madison to Bloomington (July 19); and Bloomington to Indianapolis (July 20).
Interested cyclists are encouraged to contact the group for more information on joining the ride for all or parts of the ride. Cyclists can include survivors, law enforcement officers and friends of law enforcement. For more, contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 812-727-0725.