Ride participants bow their heads in prayer prior to the start of the ride Monday morning.
An officer bows his head in prayer prior to the start of the ride Monday morning.
Nearly 60 active and retired police officers took off at 9 a.m. today for a bicycle ride around the state of Indiana to honor those who give their lives to serve and protect us.
The event began with a prayer.
The event is the 12th Annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride around Indiana, and the cyclists will log nearly 1,000 miles over 13 days to raise funds to help surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty.
The journey began at the Law Enforcement/Firefighter Memorial and riders pedaled east toward Greenfield.
The Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation is made up of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members and friends of law enforcement.
This year, the cyclists are recognizing the sacrifice made by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Officer Rod L. Bradway. Officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute call September 20, 2013.
Bradway was a five-year veteran of IMPD and is survived by his wife and two children.
The ride is scheduled to conclude July 26 in the Heroes of Public Safety section of Crown Hill Cemetery. Riders will reunite with their families and other law enforcement survivors.
There will be a short closing ceremony 2:30 p.m. that day.
For more information about how you can help, click here.