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Wednesday September 25th, 2013

Posted at 10:00am

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Seven Windsor police joined other officers from the OPP, Victoria, London, Niagara, Peel, York, Toronto, Peterborough, Durham and other services in Aylmer at the Ontario Police College this morning to begin a 640 kilometer ride on bicycles to the Canadian Police Memorial Service in Ottawa, scheduled for this Sunday.

The ride, known as the “Ride to Remember”, is in conjunction with the “Run to Remember” and has brought positive attention to the National and Provincial Police Memorial Services as well as raise money for future memorials and the families of fallen officers.

During this six hundred and forty kilometer ride over four day from Aylmer to Ottawa, Windsor Police officers will unite together with their counterparts from other Services where they will have the opportunity to enhance the public’s awareness of the National Police and Peace Officers Memorial and reflect on the memories of friends, colleagues and brother/sister officers that have fallen in the line of duty. The number of riders this year is expected to top one hundred cyclists.

Windsor Police officers are riding to honour the lives and service of those here who have lost their lives in the line of duty:

  • Constable David Beckett (died November 3, 1937)
  •  Constable Francis Graham (died September 26, 1947)
  • Constable George Smith (died December 12, 1957)
  • Constable Harley Hyland, Sandwich East Twp. Police (died May 3, 1963) and
  • Senior Constable John Atkinson (killed May 5, 2006).

Inspector William Donnelly, one of the team members will be tweeting updates along the route  and you can follow him @Insp_WmDonnelly

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