The 10th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride across Indiana kicks off Monday, July 9 with a departure ceremony at 9 a.m. ET. The ceremony will take place at the Law Enforcement/Firefight Memorial next to the State Capitol in downtown Indianapolis.
Fifty-three cyclists are participating in the ride and will depart shortly after the keynote comments of Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse. The departure will take the group east toward Greenfield on the first leg of their 13-day journey to cover nearly 1000 miles bicycling the perimeter of Indiana.
This year, the group’s effort is in recognition of the sacrifice made by Terre Haute Police Officer Brent Daniel Long, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 11, 2011 while serving a felony warrant at a home in Terre Haute. His canine, Shadow, was also shot but survived. Long had served with the Terre Haute Police Department for six years, and is survived by his wife and two children.
Funds raised from this event will be used to aid surviving family members and coworkers of officers killed in the line of duty, and a portion of the funds raised goes directly to the Indiana Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors.