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Riding in force: Retired cops bike to raise money for families of fallen officers

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Hundreds of police officers and retired police officers set out on a 270 mile bike ride, from the Freedom Tower to the 9/11 Memorial in Boston.

The goal is to raise more than $500,000.00 dollars for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Amy Pedlow is an officer at the Univeristy of Buffalo.  “We are riding for those who can’t, it’s to remember their lives and the sacrifices they made.”

Police officers from all over the country and around the world are taking part in the annual Tour de Force ride. Richard Clemens is now doing it for the fourth time, he is a police officer in Ireland.

“There is the Irish connection, but if you take that out of the way we all think the same, were here to protect and serve,” he said.

The first leg of the ride went from lower Manhattan 58 miles to Melville, Long Island. On Monday, the riders will trek 70 miles to Orient Point and take the ferry to Connecticut.

The fourth day they expect to pick up about a 125 more riders when they reach Providence. “The fourth day is Sean’s ride, for Sean Collier the officer from MIT,”  said Tour de Force Treasurer Jim Parker.

The ride will crossover the Boston Marathon route before it finishes.  If you would like to make a donation you can do so at www.tourdeforceny.com.