Cops Cycling for Survivors riders arrive in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Participants in the 15th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride arrived in Fort Wayne Wednesday morning.  The ride began Monday in Indianapolis and will wind its way through the state before wrapping up back in Indianapolis on July 23.

The cyclists made their way from an overnight stop in Decatur to the Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial on Wells Street in Fort Wayne for lunch before departing for Angola Wednesday afternoon.

The annual ride includes active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members and friends of law enforcement. The group rides their bicycles nearly 1,000 miles around the perimeter of Indiana to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana.

For families it’s an emotional day, but one they said they look forward to.

“Some of these people that are riding today that organize this ride were with me at Brad’s funeral, so they have walked me through the last 15 almost 16 years,” FWPD Officer Brad Matteson’s widow, Susan Matteson-Thomas, said. “They will not forget. That’s the promise that we’re always given when our officer dies in the line of duty is never forgotten and this ride ensures us that they won’t be.”

2016 also marks ten years since Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police, and Deputy Chief Gary Martin of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department were killed participating in the ride on August 22, 2006.

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