‘Cops Cycling for Survivors’ event coming soon

Staff Writer

Decatur Daily Democrat

    The 17th annual “Cops Cycling for Survivors” bicycle ride began at 8:30 a.m. today following a departure ceremony at the Police and Fire Fighters Memorial in downtown Indianapolis. Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and Sarah and Laura Barrett — survivors of fallen Indiana State Police Trooper Daniel Barrett — will speak at the event.
    The annual bike ride consists of active and retired police officers, survivors, 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 in memory of fallen officers and to provide immediate financial assistance following a line of duty death.
    The ride will conclude July 21 at Crown Hill Cemetery Heroes of Public Safety Section. The closing ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Survivors and family members of fallen Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sarah Haylett-Jones, end of watch Oct. 19, 2008, will provide the closing message. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
    The general route of the ride will be as follows: Day 1 — Monday, Indianapolis to Columbus; Day 2 — Tuesday, Columbus to Madison; Day 3 — Wednesday, Madison to Jeffersonville; Day 4 — Thursday,  Jeffersonville to Huntingburg; Day 5 — Friday, Huntingburg to Princeton; Day 6 — Saturday, Princeton to Terre Haute; Day 7 — Sunday, Terre Haute to Kentland; Day 8 — July 16, Kentland to Merrillville; Day 9 — July 17, Merrillville to Mishawaka; Day 10 — July 18, Mishawaka to Angola; Day 11 — July 19, Angola to Bluffton passing through Adams County, where the riders will stop at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery and Advanced Auto in honor of fallen Decatur Police Officer Jerrold “Jerry” Wyss and fallen Indiana State Trooper Corey Elson; Day 12 — July 20, Bluffton to Daleville; and Day 13 — July 21, Daleville to Indianapolis.
    To track the ride’s progress, stops and activities, please like and follow them on the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Cops-Cycling-for-Survivors-195826717113332/).
    For more information about the organization, donations made, or this year’s ride, visit their website: http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/ or contact Monica Zahasky, President of Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation, Inc. at copscyclingforsurvivors@gmail.com.