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Riding to remember Georgia's fallen officers

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Many gather on their bikes for the annual Police Memorial Ride Many gather on their bikes for the annual Police Memorial Ride
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Flashing lights lined the streets of Savannah Sunday afternoon.

It was part of the 13th annual Ride to Remember Police Memorial Ride sponsored by the Blue Knights of the Coastal Empire.

Riders reeved up their engines Sunday morning to support the families of our fallen officers.

"This ride represents our community coming together to remember our fallen officers," said Executive Director of the Concern of Police Survivors Georgia chapter. "Georgia is the fourth in the nation, as far as fallen officers. We lost 7 officers during the year of 2012. This ride is to preserve their memory and to pay the expenses of those families to go to D.C. and support the programs we have to rebuild those shattered lives."

The 13th annual Police Memorial Ride, sponsored by the Blue Knights of Coastal Empire, attracted hundreds and hundreds of motorcycles, all to help "C.O.P.S.," which stands for "Concern of Police Survivors."

"It is very important, we had a brother in Bryan county, Bobby Crapse that was killed," said Blue Knight Georgia Chapter VIII President Bobby Durden. "It is close to home and it could be one of us that is killed and the ride could be for us. It is very important to keep their memory alive in the community and the community show support to the family."

Sergeant Bobby Crapse was killed by a wrong way driver on Interstate 95. Sunday's ride specifically honors him and the other Georgia Law Enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.

"They lost their loved on and we want to be there for them to rebuild their lives," said Parker.

No matter what group these riders were apart of, real camaraderie was evident on both ends of the ride,and all along the way.

"We are out to support our Blue Knights today and the cause they are riding for and to join our biker friends," said Red Knights Chapter 15 President Tommy Branch.

More than 300 riders took part in Sunday's ride.

Organizers are still adding up how much money they raised, but they're calling the event a success.

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