Cops Cycling for Survivors 23rd Anniversary Ride Has Begun

Monday, July 8, marked the start of the 23rd annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride around Indiana. The ride pays respect to Indiana’s fallen law enforcement heroes and lets their survivors know they and their loved ones are not forgotten. The motto of Cops Cycling for Survivors is,“Riding to Remember,” and each year the group works to honor officers killed in the line of duty throughout Indiana’s history.

While Cops Cycling for Survivors honors all Indiana’s line of duty death officers, recognized by state and federal officials as receiving line of duty death benefits, this year’s ride pays special tribute to the seven officers who died in 2023:

Deputy Asson Hacker, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch March 2, 2023

Master Trooper James R. Bailey, Indiana State Police, End of Watch March 3, 2023

Maintenance Foreman Michael Robert Keel, Indiana Departmentof Correction, End of Watch April 12, 2023

Trooper Aaron N. Smith, Indiana State Police, End of Watch June 28, 2023

Sergeant Heather Glenn, Tell City Police Department, End of Watch July 3, 2023

Deputy Sheriff John Durm, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch July 10, 2023

Deputy Sheriff Timothy J. Guyer, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch August 1, 2023.

Officers recognized by state and federal officials as line of duty deaths in 2024 will be
honored in 2025.

The Cops Cycling for Survivors annual bike ride consists of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members and friends of law enforcement riding their bicycles around the perimeter of Indiana to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana. Funds raised from this event are used to perpetuate the memories of officers killed in the line-of-duty and to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty.

Previously raised funds have been directly donated to foundations, scholarships and camps that
have been started in memory of fallen officers or by Indiana survivors in honor of their fallen heroes.

The ride is scheduled to conclude the afternoon of Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Crown Hill Cemetery, Heroes of Public Safety Section, 700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208. The closing ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Retired Indiana State Troopers Rich and Niki Crawford, both of whom were instrumental in perpetuating Cops Cycling for Survivors, will provide
the closing message. All are welcome to attend.

The general route of the ride is as follows:
Dates and route for the 2024 Cops Cycling for Survivors ride are:
July 9, Richmond – Bluffton
July 10, Bluffton - Angola
July 11, Angola - Mishawaka
July 12, Mishawaka - Merrillville
July 13, Merrillville - Kentland
July 14, Kentland - Terre Haute
July 15, Terre Haute - Evansville
July 16, Evansville - Tell City
July 17, Tell City - Jeffersonville
July 18, Jeffersonville - Madison
July 19, Madison - Columbus
July 20, Columbus - Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

Additional information on specific locations of meals and overnights can be found by clicking on the Route tab of the website. Click view calendar and the month of July at http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/events.php.

To track the ride’s progress, stops, and activities, please like and follow them on the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation Facebook page (Cops Cycling for Survivors).

For more information about the organization, donations made, or this year’s ride, visit the website: http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/ .

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