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Nine CPD officers bike 250 miles to remember fallen heroes

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A group of Chattanooga police officers left for Virginia Friday to participate in the annual Memorial Bicycle Ride to honor officers killed in the line of duty.

This year's ride is decided to honoring the 121 officers killed during 2014. Five law enforcement officers were killed in the state of Tennessee: Maury County Deputy Sheriff Darryl Perritt, Clarksville Police Dept. Det. Kagan Dindar, Metro Nashville Police Officer Michael Petrina, Hardeman County Sheriff's Animal Control Officer Eddie Hamar, and Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff David Johnson.

The route is 250+ miles long and begins in Chesapeake, VA and ends in Washington, D.C. The local officers say they'll be thinking of their fallen friends Sgt. Tim Chapin and Officer Julie Jacks.

"We have a lot of officers in our area who have been killed in the last 15 years who we all think about all the time," said Sgt. Justin Kilgore. "As you're going through the ride that day, you're thinking - this is not near the sacrifice that some of these guys have made for us - so I think I can do this to remember them."

"It's a memorial, so we're memorializing the service and sacrifice that each officer has given," said Lt. Tammy Cook.

Chattanooga's team includes Retired Cpt. Jeannie Snyder, Lt. Tammy Cook, Sgt. Heather Williams, Sgt. Justin Kilgore, Officer John Tolson, Officer James Russ, Officer Sheila Jetton, Officer Curtis Roth and Officer Caleb Brooks.

The ride begins Sunday and ends with a candle-light vigil Tuesday in Washington D.C. at the memorial for fallen officers.

The ride is a fundraiser for Concerns for Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).

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