BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, August 17, more than 50 law enforcement officers representing nine Boston-area police departments will ride in a memorial processional for fallen MIT Police officer Sean Collier and then hold a ceremony at the State House to honor all Massachusetts fallen officers and their families. It’s part of a special event created by Ride4Cops, an initiative dedicated to raising awareness and money to help the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
“The people of Massachusetts are all too familiar with the tragedy of having an officer killed in the line of duty”
Saturday’s event will begin on the campus of MIT. The slow processional of 50 motorcycles will pass by the location where MIT police officer Sean Collier was killed in the line of duty following the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year. There will be a moment of silence as Harry Herington, a former law enforcement officer and current CEO of NIC Inc., the nation’s leading provider of eGovernment services, mobile applications, web portals and payment processing, lays a rose at the location of Officer Collier’s death.
The procession will then head to the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts State House where there will be a ceremony that includes the laying of a wreath, the playing of TAPS, and remarks from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Les Vitale, the brother of Saugus, Mass., police officer Harold Vitale who was killed in the line of duty in 1985.
“The people of Massachusetts are all too familiar with the tragedy of having an officer killed in the line of duty,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. “I hope the public will join me on Saturday as we continue to pay our respects to the family of MIT Officer Sean Collier, as well as all of the families in the state who are survivors of a fallen officer. This is our opportunity to thank all law enforcement officers for protecting our way of life.”
Ride4Cops was created by Herington, whose goal is to hold a Ride4Cops rally in every state capitol in the country. Boston will be the 24th Ride4Cops capitol event — kicking off the second half of Herington’s quest to take his message to all 50 states.
“Law enforcement who protect each community in the Boston area every day are heroes who deserve our support,” said Herington. “As a former police officer, I know that an officer’s biggest concern isn’t falling in the line of duty, but what will happen to his or her family if that occurs. Between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty each year. I’m committed to raising awareness and donations in Boston and throughout the country to help meet the needs of the families they leave behind. I encourage others to follow the ride and get involved at http://www.Ride4Cops.com.”
To date, Herington has ridden his customized Memorial Bike Harley-Davidson motorcycle more than 28,000 miles and raised more than $350,000 to support the families of fallen officers.
Ride4Cops will also present a check to the New England chapter of C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), an organization that provides support for families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Herington fulfilled his goal of raising enough money during a series of New England Ride4Cops event this summer to send every child of a New England fallen officer to the C.O.P.S. Kids Camp where they will receive grief counseling and share experiences with children who have suffered similar tragedy.
Ride4Cops, founded in 2009, raises awareness of the inherent dangers of law enforcement and the sacrifices made by fallen officers’ families. The organization achieves its mission holding events at every U.S. State Capitol. To date, Ride4Cops has held events at 24 state capitols and raised more than $350,000 for law enforcement related non-profit organizations.