A 13 day and nearly 1-thousand mile bicycle ride in memory of fallen police officers made its way through Bloomington.
A caravan of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors and their friends cycling their way around the perimeter of Indiana stopped at the Bloomington Police Department to read the names of those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Detective Kevin Getz of the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post is one of this year’s riders.
“When a police officer is killed in the line of duty, there’s a family whose lives have been completely shattered, we don’t want them to be forgotten and to let those survivors know, hey we haven’t forgotten about them,” said Getz.
Since 2004, Cops Cycling has raised more than 250-thousand dollars. This year money will go to a scholarship fund that assists the children of fallen officers.
“The pain, the sweat, the agony that you have now is short term,” said Getz. “It’s nothing compared to the agony of a family that will not have a father, a mother, a uncle, an aunt, a brother come home ever and so I remember that and it’s gratifying to know the citizens of Indiana see what we’re doing and they contribute whole heartedly.”
The ride continues through August 7th.