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Police Bike Through Charlottesville to Raise Awareness for Fallen Officers

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Hundreds of police officers passed through Charlottesville by bicycle on their way to the nation's capital to raise awareness for law enforcement killed in the line of duty.

Rider and organizer of the Police Unity Tour, Maggie De, said “It's full camaraderie, there are a lot of people here that are riding in honor of an officer that they either knew, or somebody that they didn't know they just found out about.”

It's a journey that started in Richmond Saturday, and continued through Charlottesville Sunday morning.

Anthony Jansen is riding in memory of his father, his dad's name printed on his wristband. He says in the big group, no one gets left behind.

“Anytime anyone gets fallen behind everybody picks them up and it's all about the unity, we've had a lot of hills, we've had a lot of heat, we had some rain yesterday and it's all going really well.” said Jansen.

The cyclists stopped for a quick lunch break at the Orange County fire station.

By Monday night, riders will meet up with officers from all over the country. They'll visit the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C. But many of them say it is the support from people along the way that will stick with them.

“We do go through a lot of rural areas where we don't see a lot of people so when we do come into the towns, come into Charlottesville even at the hotels, it's tremendous to have that support” said Jansen.

The riders from Charlottesville aren't the only ones making the trip to Washington. They're just one chapter of the Police Unity Tour, which is a national effort. When they get to D.C., they'll meet up with officers from all over the country.

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