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Cycling for survivors

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A record 52 riders finished their trip across Indiana Saturday to honor fallen police officers and their surviving family members.

The COPS cycling for survivors event raises money for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

After 13 days and nearly one-thousand miles the cyclists gathered Saturday at Crown Hill Cemetery  to pay their respects to fallen heroes.

Organizers say the COPS ride grows every year with people who want to support the cause.

"The word gets out about our ride and what we're all about and what we're trying to accomplish with this bike ride around the state of Indiana and we can't forget about Lt. Gary Dudley who started this vision over 11 years ago and we honor him along with the other fallen officers today," explained Indiana State Trooper Rich Crawford.

Lieutenant Dudley and retired Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin both were killed while participating in the ride in 2006.

This is the 11th annual ride and as of last night they have raised $38,000 in this year's ride.

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