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Cops Cycling for Survivors passes through Michiana

 The non-profit, Cops Cycling for Survivors, comes through Michiana. The 1,000 mile bike ride takes place over 13 days.

 "This is our 12th year. We've been riding the perimeter of the state of Indiana raising money and awareness of the officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty," says Rich Crawford; a Master Trooper for Indiana Sate Police.

Participants pay a registration fee, and raise money that goes to groups like Indiana COPS, and fallen officer scholarships. The ride grows every year, especially since the loss of its founding members, Lt. Gary Dudley, and Chief Gary Martin. The two were killed in an accident during the ride in 2006. Crawford says they're a big reminder to keep pedaling,

"We do it for 13 days because Gary says  his philosophy was, survivors suffer every day without their family member or fallen officer in their life anymore.  So the least we can do is suffer for 13 days," says Crawford.  

Crawford says he plans to be a part of the event as long as he can,    

"As long as I can keep pedaling a bike, we're going to keep doing this bike ride," he says.

This year, the group honored a local officer in a special way. Officer Rod L. Bradway from Nappanee passed away in the line of duty during 2013. To remember him, the truck that follows the cyclists is decorated with a memorial of him.

To get involved with Cops Cycling for Survivors, you can visit their website here.

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