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Police bike hundreds of miles in honor of fallen officers

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A group of Chattanooga police officers left Wednesday for a 250 mile bike ride in honor of officers killed in the line of duty.

It's an emotional trip for those riding, but also for the families of the fallen officers.

Fourteen Chattanooga Police officers are packed up and ready to ride. They're hugging their families goodbye in order to honor their fellow officers who never got that chance.

"What they've done, what they've given to our communities is priceless," Chattanooga Police Officer Curtis Roth said.

Officer Curtis Roth is riding in memory of Cleveland Police Officer Justin Maples who died in a crash while responding to a call.

"I know that's it's going to be a very emotional week for us and it just so happens that my husband's passing away anniversary comes on May 20 and I can't really say that I'm prepared for it," Danielle Maples said.

Maples left behind a wife and three sons.

"It's so appreciated to know that people are still thinking about us and still caring for us," Maples said.

To ride, each officer raised over $1,300 that will pay to send families like the Maples to what's called COPS Camp.

"Grief counselors to teach them how to grow up in that kind of environment having to understand what their dad had to go through," Chattanooga Police Officer Justin Kilgore said.

The ride goes from Chesapeake, VA to the nation's capital.

"It's a good time to reflect and it's a good time to step back from your every day duties and remember and contemplate the sacrifice," Roth said.

The Maples family is flying to the finish line in D.C. for National Police Week kicked off by a memorial flag ceremony.

"Seeing Justin's name on the wall is more than he would've ever imagined for himself and it's an honor to have him represented," Danielle Maples said.

Officers from all across the country are taking part in the three day Law Enforcement Unity Ride. Money raised goes to the COPS, or Concerns Of Police Survivors, camp as well as the Officer Down Page, which is an online memorial.

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