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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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    delano388

    over 2 years ago

    4318 Comments

    Outstanding. I wish I was there

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    amydevid

    over 2 years ago

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    I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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    astumbo

    over 2 years ago

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    This is excellent!

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    AKangel

    over 2 years ago

    4950 Comments

    OUTSTANDING! OOHRAH!

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    Anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    This is truly awesome. Goes to show that some people indeed care and express their support. Our Chicago Police are truly grateful.

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    usa_24

    over 2 years ago

    5022 Comments

    That is Awesome.

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    Tbones2469

    over 2 years ago

    168 Comments

    Awesome, outstanding to see people supporting one another and a worthy cause.

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    Mr_Nothumbs

    over 2 years ago

    250 Comments

    Nice to see this, I wish it was the same in Canada!

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 2 years ago

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    Wonderful........

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    Irishcop1961

    over 2 years ago

    46218 Comments

    Awesome.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 2 years ago

    10938 Comments

    Bump crowfeeder and Robocop33. Can anybody post any pics of this ??

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    Robocop33

    over 2 years ago

    14600 Comments

    God Bless them. Must have been a wonderful sight to behold.

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    crowfeeder

    over 2 years ago

    928 Comments

    Wish I could have been there.

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