Cops cycle up and down state to support
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
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
It's something they've done almost every year, they
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
They left Indianapolis on July 14 and will finish the
ride in 13 days, ending at the Law
Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial in downtown
In addition to honoring fallen officers and raising
awareness, the group also raises money money for
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.