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Cops Cycling for Survivors

Various Indiana police department officers ride into the

Porter County Sheriff's Department as they ride with Cops Cycling for Survivors in Valparaiso.

Photo Jonathan Miano, The Times

 

 

Various Indiana police department officers ride south on Rt. 49 to the

Porter County Sheriff's Department as they ride with Cops Cycling for Survivors in Valparaiso.

Photo Jonathan Miano, The Times

 

Cops cycle up and down state to support survivors, families

 

July 18, 2014 Joyce Reussell nwitimes

VALPARAISO | Robyn Frazier felt she had to ride at least part of the Cops Cycling for Survivors trip around the state.

Frazier rode the legs leading her from Mishawaka to Valparaiso Friday afternoon and planned to stay with the group as it overnighted in Merrillville and continued to Kentland on Saturday in honor of fellow Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux.

Meux was killed in 2012 by a hit-and-run driver as she and others ran along 93rd Avenue in Crown Point.

"I felt somebody on the department had to honor her," said Frazier, who called the ride, and the stops that honor fallen officers, "emotional."

Linda Jacobson and Sue Sobkowski, whose brother FBI agent Rob Hardesty, died following a training accident in Virginia in 2005 also attended with Sobkowski's son Patrick.

It's something they've done almost every year, they said.

Sandy Patrick came to honor her son, Indiana State Trooper Scott Patrick, who was shot and killed in 2003 after stopping to assist a disabled vehicle.

"When you lose someone, it kind of warms your heart when someone remembers," said Patrick.

The group numbered 18 when it stopped at the Porter County Sheriff's Department on Friday to recognize local officers killed in the line of duty as well as take a break, drinking water and Gatorade and snacking on fresh fruit.

They left Indianapolis on July 14 and will finish the ride in 13 days, ending at the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.

In addition to honoring fallen officers and raising awareness, the group also raises money money for survivor organizations.

This year the ride is in honor of Indianapolis police officer Rod Bradbury who was killed in the line of duty, said Rich Crawford, a state trooper and president of the Cops Cycling for Survivors group.

Next year, he added, the ride will likely be in honor of the three officers recently killed, including Gary police officer Jeffrey Westerfield.

In addition to Hardesty and Patrick, the group paid their respects to five other officers, reading their "end of watch," detailing their career and deaths. Included was Porter County officer Tim Hecht, who died in 1999 of a heart attack during training and Edward Blakely, a Porter County officer who was shot to death by a murder suspect in 1961.

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