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Hundreds Participate in Annual 'Ride to Remember' Across Massachusetts

An estimated 350 riders and one runner participated in event

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    Hundreds of bicyclists rode across Massachusetts on Saturday to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. (Published Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016)

    Hundreds of bicyclists rode across Massachusetts on Saturday to honor police officers killed in the line of duty.

    The fourth annual Ride to Remember started in Springfield at 7 a.m. and ended at the Massachusetts State House.

    An estimated 350 riders started arriving at about 5 p.m., including one runner who started the 106 mile trek on Friday.

    Watertown Police Officer Brandon O'Neil ran the entire route for his daughter Savannah, who lost her life due to an illness at 9 years old.

    O' Neil also ran for State Police Trooper Thomas Clardy and Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino who lost their lives in the line of duty earlier this year.

    "I'm excited and I'm drained but I'm very excited that I made it," O' Neil said.

    O'Neil was greeted at the state house by Gov. Charlie Baker and his family and friends.

    "Men and women who work in law enforcement absolutely positively know that any day they put that uniform on could be one that's filled with horrible surprises," Baker said.

    Springfield Police Sergeant John Delany said next year there will be another Ride to Remember.

    "I hope this thing grows and grows and grows," he said. "The more people that do, it the more people that are aware that cops are human."

    Following the ride, participants met at the Massachusetts Memorial to Fallen Heroes for a brief ceremony where Clardy and Tarentino's names will be added next week.

    The annual ride has raised $250,000 since it began four years ago.


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