SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers are on their way to Boston as part of the first-ever Ride to Remember.
The more than 200 law enforcement officers are biking about 100 miles the a first-of-its-kind event. Click here to watch a live stream to see where the riders are right now.
This year's ride especially honors Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres. Officer Ambrose was a 36-year veteran serving the city of Springfield, and previously served as a police cadet for two years. He was killed in the line of duty on June 4, 2012 while responding to a domestic dispute call. While doing so, he saved abuse victim Charlene Mitchell. Ambrose is survived by his wife, two children and one granddaughter.
Officer Jose Torres served the city of Westfield for 27 years. He was killed after being hit by a truck while he was working a construction detail on July 26, 2012. He left behind a wife and two children.
Some family members will be in attendance for Saturday’s ride.
All of the money raised will go to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston, which will be the final stop of the ride. Officers Ambrose and Torres will be added to the Memorial, and a special ceremony will take place.
The first rest stop will be about 18 miles out at the Cross Roads Bar on Park Street in Palmer. The support from the community has been outpouring for the event. There will be volunteers checking riders during the day and providing water, snacks and essentials throughout the day.
Click here to find out where you can go to show your support for the officers participating in Saturday’s ride. Crowds of dozens of supporters cheered the riders as they made their way through Wilbraham, the hometown of Officer Ambrose.
One of the riders will include 22News Anchor Elysia Rodriguez.