10th Annual Illinois C.O.P.S. Cycle
Across Illinois will be in Lincoln Friday
Lincoln's own "Officer Mo" will be among
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[July 17, 2014]
The Illinois Chapter of Concerns
of Police Survivors ("C.O.P .S") will hold their 10th Annual Cycle
Across Illinois, a charity bicycle ride to support the Illinois
families of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of
duty. The 325+ miles ride will begin at the Mississippi River in
Alton, IL and end at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, just east
of Soldier's Field in Chicago. The riders are law enforcement
officers from many different agencies, in addition to several family
survivors and supporters.
During each day, the group will observe dedications to several
officers who have died in the line of duty.
As the ride moves across Illinois, the riders will be joined by law
enforcement agencies who escort them through their jurisdiction.
Families, supporters, universities, agencies and local businesses
have also joined to help feed and provide rest areas for the riders.
These generous donations enable Illinois C.O.P.S. to focus resources
that send survivors to a variety of programs that help them begin
healing and form lasting, supportive relationships with other
Once again this year Lincoln Police Officer Maurice “Mo” Johnson
will participate in the ride. Due to the closure of the Salt Creek
Bridge and the I-55 business loop on the city’s south side, Johnson
shared this year the group plans to come into Lincoln on Primm Road.
The expected route is Primm to Wyatt to South Kickapoo to Broadway
and stop at the Logan County Safety Complex.
The ride began in the summer of 2005, with ten riders and two
support trucks. This year, there will be over 55 riders and several
police and support vehicles. Each rider is required to raise a
minimum of $600.00 in donations. This ride began with the
inspiration of Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police, who rode
with us in July of 2006. In August of that same year, Gary was
killed in Indiana doing a similar ride for survivors in Indiana.
The following is a summary of the ride's tentative itinerary:
The riders arrived at Pontoon Beach on Wednesday evening. This
morning at 7 a.m. the group held their Ceremonial back tire dip into
the Mississippi River in Alton, then began their ride. At 1 p.m.
this afternoon they will stop in Waverly Illinois at the home of a
survivor for lunch. They will then proceed to Springfield. They
group will be at the Illinois Peace Officers memorial this evening.
Tomorrow morning the riders will depart from the University of
Illinois in Springfield and ride to Lincoln where they will enjoy a
rest stop at the Logan County Safety Complex. The group is expected
to be at the complex mid to late morning.
They will then proceed through Atlanta and on to Bloomington where
they will spend the night. Their Bloomington hosts will be Illinois
State University, ISU Police and the Normal Police Department.
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Saturday morning they will depart Bloomington. They will ride
to the Pontiac area where they will meet the Kohlmeier family
before going on to Dwight for lunch at the Hager Memorial Home.
The bikers are expected to arrive at Lewis University for the
night, and then ride on into Chicago on Sunday morning.
Sunday morning stops will include ISP District 15, the Illinois
Tollway Building, and stop at Downer's Grove Illinois to meet the
Sauter family. They will stop at the Cook County police headquarters
and then travel to Maywood to meet the Estrada family.
The trip will come to an end when they arrive Gold Star Families and
Memorial Park, east of Soldier's Field. At CPD Headquarters, the
riders will also help kick off the CPD Memorial Foundation's "Pedal
for the Police" event. There are several surviving family members on
the ride in addition to the family members riders will meet along
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP); 105 police
officers died in the line of duty in 2013. Three were from Illinois:
ISP Trooper James Sauter, Pontiac; Police Officer Casey Kohlmeier
and Cook County Investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada.
COPS is extremely grateful to all the departments, schools,
businesses and supporters who host them for their breaks, meals and
overnight accommodations. Through this generosity, our survivors are
able to enrich their lives.
[Text received; CONCERNS OF POLICE
SURVIVORS via LINCOLN POLICE OFFICER MAURICE JOHNSON]