Cops Cycling for Survivors

The support truck for Cops Cycling for Survivors bears the faces of officers who died in the line of duty in 2021.

ELLETTSVILLE — Cops Cycling for Survivors 21st annual bicycle tour of Indiana begins in July with new memorial photos on their support truck.

The group which raises awareness of and supports survivors of Indiana law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, will bike nearly 1,000 miles over 13 days in July to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their survivors.

This year, special recognition is given to the eight Indiana line of duty deaths from 2021.

In 2002, Cops Cycling for Survivors began with a ride to Washington, D.C. to honor fallen officers. The cyclists now ride through Indiana meeting with survivors of officers to support them as they continue to deal with the loss of loved ones. The group honors the more than 450 Indiana officers killed in the line of duty by reading a memorial for each officer during the tour.

Cops Cycling for Survivors makes every attempt to contact survivors, including family, co-workers, descendants, and others, of fallen officers but may not have contact information for some. Survivors are asked to be in touch with the group at Cops Cycling for Survivors, PO Box 597, Ellettsville, IN 47429, by phone 812-727-0725, or email copscyclingforsurvivors@gmail.com. Interested cyclists may also contact the group for more information on joining the ride for all or parts of the ride.

Cyclists include survivors, law enforcement officers, and friends of law enforcement. Cyclist registration deadline is June 10.

In addition to memorializing Indiana’s fallen officers, Cops Cycling for Survivors raises financial support for survivors. Proceeds from the annual ride provide line of duty death benefits for primary survivors as well as fund scholarships, camps, and other avenues of support for survivors. The group also assists Line of Duty Death Justice as survivors work through years of court dates, including parole hearings and appeals. More information and a donation page are found at http://www.copscycling4survivors.com/. Cops Cycling for Survivors was granted 501© 3 status as a not-for-profit in late 2011 and is no longer directly affiliated with Indiana Concerns of Police Survivors (IN COPS).

The 2022 Cops Cycling for Survivors truck was also unveiled this week. While the group rides in support and memory of all fallen officers, each year the support truck honors officers killed in the line of duty from the previous year. This year’s truck is in special memory of Lieutenant Eugene Lasco, Indiana Department of Correction, End of Watch Feb. 21, 2021; Reserve Deputy James Driver, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch March 29, 2021; Sgt. Thomas Sawyer, Hammond Police Department, End of Watch June 17, 2021; Detective Greg Ferency, Terre Haute Police Department, End of Watch July 7, 2021; Cpl. Robert Nicholson, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch Sept. 26, 2021; Reserve Deputy James Hirtzel, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch Oct. 12, 2021; Town Marshal Anthony Hinshaw, Losantville Marshal’s Office, End of Watch Nov. 25, 2021; and, School Resource Officer John Starks, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch Dec. 8, 2021. Recent line of duty deaths in 2022 will receive special recognition next year.

The ride begins July 11 in Indianapolis, and makes its way into the area July 18 from Terre Haute to Princeton, leaving Princeton July 19 to ride to Jasper. The group rides out July 20 from Jasper to Jeffersonville.

As the group rides through locations, area residents are encouraged to show their support for law enforcement officers and survivors.