Bikers Hit the Streets to Remember Fallen Officers 5/12/13
May 12, 2013
Today marked the annual Police Memorial Ride, where the lives of officers killed in the line of duty are remembered and celebrated.
The bikers, some officers, others volunteers for the event, rode 20 miles to honor the three fallen officers in Midland throughout the years and the 17 officers around the state who have died in the line of duty this year.
"It's important for all of us to remember the sacrifice they've made for us," said Mark Dettman a Midland Police Chaplain.
Midland Police Chief Price Robinson says officers share more than just a badge, they're a family. He says when an officer is killed in the line of duty, it always hits close to home.
"When we read about an officer in the line of duty whether it be here in Texas or some other state. I mean it affects you, it makes you stop and think," he said.
"There's officers from all over the country that they would be willing to give up their life for me just as anyone out here would do the same," said John Kerrigan a Midland Police Officer who rode in the memorial.
They use a bike ride to serve as a visual reminder to the community everything they do they do to keep us safe.
"People are pulling over they're people waving along the route honking their horn. You know they knew what we we're doing and they respect it, that's what we really appreciate, the show of support throughout the community," Robinson said.
Today also kicked off National Police Memorial Week and there is a service to remember the fallen on Wednesday at the Midland County Courthouse at 11 am.