MERRILLVILLE | The 11th annual COPS Cycling 4 Survivors ride will honor local fallen police officers when they pass through Lake County Friday and Saturday.
Rich Crawford, the group’s president, said he expects the cyclists to reach Merrillville’s Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday after traveling 77 miles from Mishawaka. There they will be met family members of Britney Meux, a Lake County sheriff’s correctional officer who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while jogging with fellow officers March 6, 2012, near the Lake County Government Complex.
Crawford said the Lake County Sheriff’s Pipes and Drums and Color Guard will participate in a ceremony during which the information from Meux’s Officer Down Memorial Page will be read.
At 8 a.m. Saturday, the cyclists will ride west on U.S. 30 to U.S. 41 for 65 miles to Kentland, stopping at the St. John Police station to honor the memory of St. John Town Marshal John Larimer who was killed in the line of duty March 30, 1969.
The final Lake County stop is 11 a.m. at Schoops in Lowell for lunch. The memory of Lake County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Martin, who was killed while on the COPS Cycling 4 Survivors Ride Aug. 22, 2006, will be honored at the crash site on Ind. 63 with his widow Olga Martin present, Crawford said.
The purpose of the ride is to honor Indiana police officers killed in the line of duty and raise awareness and funds for COPS, or Concerns of Police Survivors.