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Posted: May 18, 2011 12:00 a.m.

Ride to Provide returns to Porterdale

K-9 officers play a vital role in law enforcement agencies, and Porterdale Police Department's annual Ride to Provide will benefit those four-legged officers this year.

This is the third year of the motorcycle ride that benefits a different element of law enforcement each year. Last year proceeds went to the family of slain Rockdale officer Brian Mahaffey; this year the proceeds will go toward the purchase of safety equipment for Porterdale officers and K-9 units throughout the state. Although the event is touted as a motorcycle ride, dune buggies and specialty vehicles can also participate.

Sign-up for the ride begins at 8 a.m. at the train depot on Main Street and kickstands go up at 11 a.m. Riders will be escorted through the back roads of Newton County by Porterdale and Covington Police officers and deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The ride will end in Porterdale.

Raffle items are available, including some specifically for K-9 handlers and their partners.
There is a $25 participation fee per bike/vehicle including passengers. For more information email threeletabars@comcast.net or call (770) 900-6494.

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