Saturday, Florida police officers and local cyclists joined in "A Ride to Remember". It's a local bike ride to raise funds for a fallen officer’s memorial in Washington, D.C.
A year after his death the community continues to honor the memory of Tallahassee Police Officer Dale Green. The fallen officer's wife has organized this local ride as a way to raise money for two TPD officers to join in the unity ride in D.C.
"What we hope is that this event through having the bike ride, which we hope will be an annual event, we've not only drawn an awareness of the memorial in D.C., but obviously the funds that are necessary to operate it since it doesn't have federal funding,” said Deb Green, wife of fallen officer Dale Green.
“We're here to honor those that have fallen in the line of service and combine a good cause like that and something you love to do why would you not do it," said Roger Hawkes of the Tallahassee Police Department.
Each officer wears the names of fallen comrades. “Warren Gay was a reserve officer and was killed on a motorcycle crash while escorting a dignitary. Ernie Ponce de Leon was a police officer killed on Lake Bradford Road and Dale Green was also killed investigating a crime."
The 62-mile ride here is just a hint of what these officers have to come. They ride from Chesapeake, Virginia to Washington D.C. on a 250 mile trek when they stop for the memorial. Now, after the success of this first year, Green plans to hold a ride to remember every year.