CLEVELAND -- On Sunday, an estimated 750 motorcyclists will remember Ohio's Fallen Law Enforcement Officers at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial at West Third Street and Lakeside Avenue.
This is the fourth year that the "Cops Ride LLC" will bring together many of the families of "Fallen Officers" from northeast Ohio to make sure that we never forget those men and women of law enforcement who lost their lives in the "Line of Duty."
There were no fatalities from the Greater Cleveland area during the past twelve months, however six law enforcement officers from Ohio lost their lives during 2011.
Sgt. Brian Scott Dulle, Warren County Sheriff, EOW May 10, 2011
Officer Andrew Scott Dunn, Sandusky PD, EOW March 19, 2011
Captain Daniel Patrick Stiles, Uniontown PD, EOW February 15, 2011
Officer Jonathan V Bastork, Stow PD, EOW February 5, 2011
Officer Tom Hayes, Columbus PD, EOW January 20, 2011
Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Michelle Hopper, Clark County , EOW January 1, 2011
WKYC's Monica Robins will be the Master of Ceremonies at the 10:30 Ceremony and speakers include Ohio Concerns of Police Officers Survivors (Ohio C.O.P.S.) President Lisa Kaffenberger and the father of Cleveland Police Officer Derek Owens, whose End Of Watch was March 1, 2008.
Sgt. Mark Krumhauer, of the Westlake Police and President of "Cops Ride," indicated the goal for this year's ride is to donate $10,000 to Ohio C.O.P.S. which benefits the families of Ohio's Fallen Officers.
The cost to participate in the "4th Annual Cops Ride" is $20 a person and includes a police escorted ride from the 10:30 AM Ceremony at Greater Cleveland Police Memorial and ending at Harley Davidson Sales Company of Cleveland, where food and entertainment will be provided from 12:30 to 3 PM.
Registrations are still available at all NE Ohio Harley-Davidson dealerships and you can also register the morning of the ride from 8:30 AM till 10:15 AM. The processional ride will begin at 11:00 AM and will conclude at H-D Sales Company of Cleveland at 12:30.
The public is encouraged to attend the 10:30 a.m. Ceremony and participate along the route as the procession passes by various police stations.
For more information, including this year's route, please go to copsride.com or contact Westlake PD Sgt. Mark Krumheuer / Captain Guy Turner at 440-871-3311 or John "KIKS" Kikol at 440-263-8121.