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Fallen Officers Memorial Ride Attracts Over 1000 Bikers

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

August 01, 2011

CHICAGO – More than 1,000 motorcycles roared down Lake Shore Drive this morning as part of an annual procession commemorating Chicago police officers killed in the line of duty.

It was the largest turnout to date for the Area Four Ride to Remember, now its seventh year. The cavalcade of bikes included mostly american iron types equipped with sissy bars and ape hangers. There were also dressers, rat bikes, the occasional Honda Gold Wing, and other foreign models.

Cops from Cook, Lake and McHenry counties joined motorcycle clubs including the Blue Knights, Iron Justice, Brothers of Soul, Blood Brothers, American Knights, Patriots, Blue Steel and Wild Pigs.

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline, now head of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, thanked the sweaty, leather-clad crowd for raising enough money to cover school tuition and supplies for 32 children of fallen officers.

“People who don’t do what we do would not understand what we understand,” said the current Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “It takes a special kind of person to [be a police officer]. But it takes a special kind of family to support them.”

McCarthy said when police officers are killed in the line of duty “it’s their fellow brother and sister officers who take it upon themselves to support the families of their fallen comrades.”

“In turn it’s those families that provide perspective and comfort to the police officers that survive,” he continued. “The families of the fallen are the ones that give us strength.”

Officer Gene Offett, a member of the Chicago Police motorcycle unit, said the annual ride is a “beautiful thing.”

“We’ve got to show that we never forget,” he said. “We consider ourselves one big family.”

He said the recent charges against a suspect accused of killing Officer Michael Bailey didn’t necessarily add any poignancy to this year’s event, adding that officers know the risks of the job and do it anyway.

“It’s just an example of what we do every day,” he said.


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    HomelandContract

    about 1 year ago

    4 Comments

    Thats awsome

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    patchez

    about 1 year ago

    7448 Comments

    I hope there is a video. Im sure someone videotaped it. As a casual rider it would have been a great honor to have just been there to see it...Its awesome how we take care of of heroes and give them the best send off. Best to the families, friends and co-workers...R I P & GOD BLESS

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    excop23260

    over 1 year ago

    796 Comments

    GREAT ! Now if central Virginia could do this ........

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    tootall207

    over 1 year ago

    10 Comments

    If only we could get a turnout like this on a national scale! Wish I could have been there.

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    HijoDeDiosMRM

    almost 2 years ago

    348 Comments

    I wish that I could have been there to see this group honoring our fellow officers and their families.

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    NVET87

    about 2 years ago

    226 Comments

    Awesome...Wish I could have seen it.

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    TRPD758

    about 2 years ago

    32 Comments

    This is an awesome show of support of Law Enforcement and the sacrifices that they make in day in and day out.

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    Palmes

    about 2 years ago

    1626 Comments

    Wow id love to ride out w y'all. Be safe

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    Madisyn77

    about 2 years ago

    230 Comments

    Very cool. I love it

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    jpegee

    about 2 years ago

    294 Comments

    this is what we should see from every department

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    vgirl93

    over 2 years ago

    128 Comments

    Officer Offett is right, it truly is a beautiful thing to see the bond and support that only every one else can envy. The Blue Bond is obvously something that words cannot describe. Unity, strength, support and love - that is what I think of when I see these types of rallies or functions for our law enforcement. I don't like having to see any rides for fallen officers, but I do very much enjoy seeing the coming togetherness off all who live under that blue line to support each other. God bless each of you!

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    Johndeeretractor7800

    over 2 years ago

    62 Comments

    That is very awesome!!!

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    timk23666

    over 2 years ago

    146 Comments

    Makes me kinda wanna get a bike again!

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    Santiago935

    over 2 years ago

    58 Comments

    This is what brotherhood is all about

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    BeachAngel

    over 2 years ago

    5892 Comments

    I love these, just awesome; Many Thanks to All of you for your Support of this special ride. Great job

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