On September 21th 2013, members of the Springfield Police Department will be joined by members of any Law Enforcement and Public Safety Agency. They will come together in a bicycle ride from Springfield to Boston in the first annual “Ride to Remember” charity bicycle ride. This charity event was organized to honor Fallen Officers Kevin Ambrose of Springfield and Jose Torres of Westfield. The primary purpose of the bicycle ride is to raise public awareness of officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston Massachusetts. Officer Ambrose was tragically killed in the line of duty on June 4th 2012. To honor his 36 years of proud, dedicated service to the City of Springfield, Officer Ambrose will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial on Sept. 20th 2013, outside of the State House in Boston, MA. On July 27th 2012, Officer Torres was also tragically killed in the line of duty, after serving 27 years in the Westfield Police Department. Officer Torres will also be added on Sept. 20th to the Law Enforcement Memorial. At 7:00 AM, on the morning of the memorial, participating bicycle riders will depart from the Basketball Hall of Fame parking lot, and ride just over 97 miles along Route 09 ending at the State House. After arriving in Boston, a memorial service is being held honoring Officers Ambrose and Torres, and adding them to the Law Enforcement Memorial. How you can help participate: - Riders must be sworn law enforcement officers, active or retired, Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office, Probation, Parole Officer, Fire or EMS. Immediate family members of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty may also participate as a RIDER. All participates must be at least 18 years old. - If you do not fit one of those requirements, you can still help! We are looking for anyone willing to provide assistance however they can with any of the following: - Bike mechanics, tire changers, etc. (help with mechanical maintenance along the ride to the State House) - Route Rest Stops (those who will set up rest stops along the route providing food, beverages, etc. to all riders) - Medical Team - Etc. - Anyone willing to offer money donations is more than welcome. You can do so by going here http://www.spd-ridetoremember.com/. All proceeds will be donated to the Law Enforcement Memorial.