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Local cyclists ride to provide
Ride benefits families of fallen officers
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The Ride to Provide to benefit the Porterdale Police Department and to honor fallen officers has set their second annual bike ride for Saturday, Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.

Organized by Holly Cripps, wife to PPD Sgt. Jason Cripps, the day will begin with a brief ceremony and moment of silence for fallen officers all over the United States between 10:30 and 11 a.m. at the Historic Train Depot. A flag will be flown at half staff and "Taps" will be played. Afterward, the flag will be presented to PPD Chief Wayne Digby.

Riders will then leave and enjoy a 60-90 minute ride around the county and through the square, escorted by two motorcycle units from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and PPD. Riders will return to Porterdale where they are encouraged to enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Throughout the day, door prizes will be given out including police flashlights, restaurant vouchers and a painting of a motorcycle by a local artist.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and is $25 per rider and $5 for passengers. Shirts are available for $10 and coffee and biscuits will be provided to those who register.

According to Cripps, the ride last year raised approximately $2,300 which went toward the purchase of bulletproof vests for PPD officers. This year funds raised will go to purchase safety equipment for the PPD

The PPD also has their annual Public Safety Day coming up in August and festivities for the Fourth of July.