Fallen officers are remembered in across the state bike ride

By Beau Ebenezer

July 27, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM CDT

NORMAL Ill -- Officers who died in the line of duty are being remembered in a bike ride across the state of Illinois.

The Illinois Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors or COPS are riding on their eighth annual cycle across Illinois.

The riders started their journey Alton and will end in Chicago in a span of four days raising about 600 dollars per rider.

They took a stop in Normal to rest up at the Colby and Atkins residence Halls.

They will take off tomorrow heading to Lewis University, for more than one hundred miles.

Surviving family members are using the memory of their lost loved ones to motivate them through the ride.

"Really, he is my motivation. I mean if I am having trouble get up a hill. Somebody with his pin on, we have memorial pins so somebody will ride in front of me and I'll just think about it, and it's my motivation to get up some of those hills really," said surviving daughter, Sydney Hardesty.

"It's one of those things that helps them cope ya know and get through that difficult process and it's a feeling ya know that we 're all one big family," said Illinois State Police Chief Aaron Woodruff.

The bikers will finish their ride up in Chicago on Sunday meeting up with the Chicago Police Department.

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