About 40 cyclists will ride into Baton Rouge today to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The ride from Dallas to the Capitol City comes ahead of the one year anniversary of the ambush attack on Baton Rouge police, just 10 days after officers were attacked in Dallas. Texas Brotherhood Ride president Tim Dunn says this is about honoring those fallen officers.
“This year we’re riding for the five officers who died in Dallas last summer, and we’re riding from Dallas to Baton Rouge to honor the three that died in Baton Rouge last summer as well,” Dunn said.
Dunn says the group consists of 26 firefighters, EMTs, and police officers, as well as 12 other riders. But he says the ride isn’t about the cyclists, it’s about those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their families. He says people from around the country are coming together to show they never forget.
“We have riders from Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado. We have riders from all over the country coming in just to do this event and honor those who have died in the line of duty,” Dunn said.
The 500 mile ride began in Dallas on July 9, two days after the anniversary of the Dallas attack. From there, the riders made stops in Corsicana, Palestine, Lufkin, Maryville, and Eunice. Today, riders are wrapping up the six day trip in Baton Rouge. The ride ends with a ceremony at BRPD headquarters.
“So the community can see the support they have and that we fulfill what our goal is and show the families and coworkers that we never forget,” Dunn said.