LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – Despite the rain Sunday, over 30 people with a rain or shine mentality went for a motorcycle ride for the 6th annual Fallen Officer Memorial Run, put on by the Youngstown Fraternal Order of Police.
People in law enforcement, friends of fallen officers and people just supporting the cause rode over 25 miles. Even though it was to remember those they lost, they also celebrated the lives of local friends across the country.
Before riders revved their engines, a performer sang the national anthem, and riders said a prayer to commemorate the lives of the fallen police officers.
“We’re taking a day out to honor those officers that have given their lives in the line of duty, including those in Dallas and Louisiana and all over this country,” said Rick Alli, president of the Youngstown Fraternal Order of Police.
The ride from Quaker Steak and Lube in Boardman to Guilford Lake in Lisbon ended up being a wet one, but that didn’t stop people from riding.
“No matter what the weather is, rain or shine that’s how we work in the field. Rain, snow doesn’t matter, that’s how we ride too, so to be able to come out and do it for these guys is just unbelievable,” said YPD Captain Kevin Mercer.
As one Youngstown Police Department captain put it, the officers may have fallen, but they are definitely not forgotten.
“Their family is still a part of law enforcement family and always will be, and we want to just let them know that we haven’t forgotten our brothers and sisters that have fallen,” Mercer said.
All the proceeds from the ride went to the Youngstown Fraternal Order of Police’s Fallen Officers Memorial Fund. The group plans on using the money in May for National Police Week.