Bike ride for slain officers’ families to start Monday

Police officers and supporters gather at Fort Wayne's Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial during the 2015 Cops Cycling for Survivors Ride.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A group of active and retired police officers and supporters are set to begin a 13-day bicycle ride around Indiana to benefit the families of officers who have died in the line of duty.

The Cops Cycling for Survivors ride is to begin Monday morning after a departure ceremony at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. Organizers say Gov. Mike Pence is expected to join the riders as they start the first-day leg to Richmond.

The ride marks the 10th year since state police Lt. Gary Dudley and retired Lake County Sheriff’s Department Chief Gary Martin were killed in a crash during the 2006 tour.

The annual trip is set to cover over nearly 1,000 miles and conclude July 23 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

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