C.O.P.S. cycle across Illinois; Supporting lives lost in the line of duty

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ALTON, IL (KPLR) - Dozens of law officers and others will be riding bicycles across Illinois Thursday morning.  They're in Alton to support the families of law officers who have been killed in the line of the duty.  A ceremonial back tire dip into the Mississippi River is slated to take place at 7 a.m.  Then the riders will take off.

These cyclists are law enforcement officers from various agencies along with survivors and supporters of officers who have been killed in the line of duty.  Among those riding this year are three officers from the Granite City Police Department.

The Illinois Chapter of C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors are sponsoring the event.

The ride is more than 325 miles.  It will begin at the Alton Marina, and ends on Sunday in Chicago.  Each day, the riders will observe dedications to several officers who have been killed in the line of duty.  This is the 10th annual ride.

This began in 2005 10 riders and two support trucks.  Now, it`s up to 55 riders and several police and other support vehicles.

Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $600 dollars in donations.

Those donations will help C.O.P.S. focus resources that send survivors of officers killed in the line of duty to support programs.