LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas lost two officers in the line of duty this year, just one month apart. Now, in honor of them and other fallen officers, a motorcycle ride will be held all across the state this Saturday.
This is the second year Arkansas Bikers Backing Our Blue is being held and this year, it hits even closer to home after the loss of Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart and Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford. Officers and community members are participating in the state wide event.
“It really hits home this year when we lost those two officers in the line of duty, so I think it’s really important to not only recognize that, but to let the family know we are not going to forget their sacrifice,” said Andrea Fisher, organizer of the motorcycle ride.
The ride will benefit both families, plus the organization C.O.P.S. (Arkansas Concerns of Police Survivors), which helps families move forward by providing trips to Washington D.C. for national memorial services and special retreats that offer counseling.
“I can speak for my wife and I, we've met lifelong friends, friends we wish we would have never had to meet or get to know, but because of the circumstances, they're some of the best friends we’ve got,” said Kim Fifer, Treasurer of C.O.P.S.
Experiencing those retreats first hand, Fifer knows loss too well.
“I got involved with C.O.P.S. as the result of the death of our son four years ago,” said Fifer speaking of his son, Hans Fifer.
Now Fifer works with C.O.P.S. to help other families dealing with the same loss.
“[We’re] trying to help others, give back,” said Fifer.
Last year, about 200 motorcycles participated, raising a little more than $3,500. This year they’re expecting even more, helping even more families recover.
“It’s very humbling to know people want to support us and support police and especially the survivors of law enforcement death and help us do what we do,” said Fifer.
The event is being held Saturday. It’s $20 for each motorcycle to ride. Eight routes from all across the state will end up at Burns Park.
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