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Police bike ride to honor fallen officers rolls in Thursday

Bicyclists are riding across the state to honor police officers and firefighters who have died while serving Indiana will be rolling into Michiana Thursday.

Participants in the 11th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors ride are heading from Angola to Mishawaka on Thursday. They'll leave Friday morning for Merrillville. In all, they'll spend 13 days on the road before concluding their tour of the state July 20.

Indiana State Police Trooper Rich Crawford says this year's tour will bring together 52 riders by its conclusion.

In 2006, two people who were heavily involved in starting the ride, Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police and Retired Chief Gary Martin of the Lake County Police Department, were killed in an accident on the ride in Western Indiana. After the accident, several of those who were riding that day say they were determined to keep the ride alive.

The group says it has raised over $300,000 for Indiana Concerns of Police Survivors to date.

The Associated Press contributed to this story


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