Utah Fallen Officers Ride - Aug 2021

Penny and I rode in the 15th Annual Utah Fallen Officers Ride today, Aug 15, 2021. The Fallen Officers in Utah have been very dear and important to us. Our son married the widow of a Utah fallen officer, Derek Johnson. Sergeant Johnson who worked for the Draper police department, was coming home from his shift the morning of Sept 1, 2013, when he pulled over to help a vehicle that seemed to have problems. A male in the vehicle pulled out a gun and started firing at Derek, who was fatally shot, not before he was able to radio a distress call.

We support of police officers. Ninety nine percent of our national police officers are good honorable men and women who go to work each day to protect our freedoms and make our communities safe. Thank God for our men and women in blue!

In today's Fallen Officer Ride, there were over a thousand motorcyclist that participated, along with members of police forces throughout the state.
This clip is of my grandson and granddaughter showing their respect to our police enforcement men and women. After the black pickup truck the 2nd motorcycle was my wife and I. Our grandson loves anything policeman or fireman related. He was dressed in his police uniform.
My wife has a fear of riding on the back of a motorcycle. Today she was brave and courageous. 
Our police escorts. We love our men and women in blue. They risk their lives each day to serve the community.

As we passed the firetrucks, all the firemen were standing at attention and saluting as we passed.
This was our first year riding in the Annual Utah Fallen Officers Ride. We thoroughly enjoyed riding with another 1,000 riders. We support our law enforcement, and pray for their safety and wisdom in the duty of their office.

What is the Fallen Officer's Ride all About?

Every year, thousands of motorcycles roar to life in Utah for a purpose greater than a simple ride. They gather for the Annual Fallen Officer's Ride, a powerful show of solidarity and support for the families of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Fallen Officer's Ride, or "Ride to Remember," is not just an event; it's a lifeline for those left behind. The ride is a key fundraiser for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

C.O.P.S. provides critical support services to the families of fallen officers, including peer support, counseling programs, benefits advocacy, and national police week activities. They also offer scholarships for survivors, ensuring that the children of fallen officers can pursue their educational dreams.

The sight of the ride itself is an emotional one. Thousands of motorcycles, their riders clad in leather, their engines rumbling in unison, take to the streets. Each bike carries a small flag, a tribute to an officer who is gone but never forgotten. The procession stretches for miles, a river of chrome and steel that winds its way through the heart of Utah.

But the ride is more than a visual spectacle. It's a testament to the strength of the law enforcement community and their unwavering support for one another. The ride brings together officers from all branches of law enforcement, from local police departments to state troopers, from the FBI to the DEA. This show of unity sends a powerful message to the families of fallen officers: they are not alone.

The Fallen Officer's Ride also serves as a poignant reminder of the dangerous nature of police work. Every officer knows the risks they take each time they put on their uniform, but they do it willingly, dedicated to protecting and serving their communities. The ride honors their bravery and selflessness, acknowledging the price they and their families pay in the name of public safety.

The funds raised by the ride go directly to C.O.P.S., enabling them to continue their vital work. Every dollar helps ensure that the families of fallen officers receive the support they need in their darkest hours.

The Utah Annual Fallen Officer's Ride is more than a fundraiser. It's a testament to the bravery of law enforcement officers, a tribute to those who have fallen, and a beacon of hope for their families. It's a reminder that even in the face of tragedy, the law enforcement community stands strong, supporting each other and the families they leave behind.

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