On Sunday, an estimated 1,000 motorcyclists will ride in honor of Ohio’s Fallen Officers. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial will include the reading of the names of the four Ohio Peace Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, including Cleveland Heights Police Officer Thomas Patton II and Elyria Police Officer James Kerstetter.
One of the speakers will be Tracy Johnson, whose husband Cleveland Police Patrol Officer Anthony “Tony” Johnson watch ended on Oct. 21, 1981, during a bank robbery. Johnson’s son, Tony Jr. was just more than seven months old when he lost his father.
This is the second annual Cops Ride dedicated to raising funds for various police charities. This year the Cops Ride has pledged $10,000 from the ride proceeds to the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society (GCPOMS) which will assist in the recent $160,000 renovation of the Memorial located at West 3rd and Lakeside Avenue.
Interested motorcyclists can register at Lake Erie Harley Davidson, Harley Davidson Sales Company of Cleveland, South East Harley Davidson, Western Reserve Harley Davidson and A&S Cycle in North Royalton until noon Saturday. Riders can also register the morning of the Ride downtown beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Lakeside Avenue.
The police-escorted processional ride will begin at 11 a.m. and proceed through downtown Cleveland, Lakewood, Metro park, Fairview Park, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon, Elyria, Sheffield Village and ending at Lake Erie Harley Davidson at 12:45 for food and entertainment to all registered riders.
For more information, visit www.copsride.com or contact John “KIKS” Kikol at 440-263-8121