July 8 marked the start of the 11th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride across Indiana. A departure ceremony was held at 8:30 a.m. at the Law Enforcement/Firefighter Memorial, adjacent to the State Capitol in downtown Indianapolis.
This year there are 51 cyclists participating in the ride. They departed shortly after the keynote comments of Spencer Moore, survivor of Officer David S. Moore of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, who died Jan. 26, 2011. They headed east toward Greenfield on the first leg of journey that will last 13 days and cover nearly 1,000 miles.
Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation Inc. is made up of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members and friends of law enforcement riding their bicycles around the perimeter of Indiana to raise money and awareness about the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families.
Funds raised from this event are used to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty. Previously raised funds have been directly donated to the Indiana Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), National COPS, Illinois COPS, The Unity Tour and Project Blue Light.
This year the cyclists are recognizing the sacrifices made by Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux and Indiana Department of Correction Officer Timothy Betts. Meux was killed instantly when struck while on a training run around the perimeter of the Lake County Jail. Three co-workers were also injured in the hit-and-run crash. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for three years. She is survived by her daughter, mother, father and four sisters.
Betts suffered a heart attack while escorting an unruly prisoner to the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.