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Riding to remember

Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 13:55:08-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Law enforcement officers from throughout the state have traded in their patrol cars for bicycles this week.

They are taking part in the 20th annual Tour de Force ride.

The group is biking nearly 300 miles from North Miami Beach to Daytona Beach.

They gathered in Port St. Lucie Wednesday morning headed for Palm Bay.

The organization raises money for families that have lost a loved one in the line of duty.  

This year, 7 new names will be placed on the wall of honor

There was one special member of the ride this week.

Lisa Smith lost her husband in 1997 to a drunk driver and is riding for the first time. “I thought this was a really cool tribute to him.  Always keeping his memory alive and that’s what I think these organizations are so amazing with.”

“There’s folks that have come from as far away as New York and there’s an officer from Belize in Central America that is riding here as well,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Kevin O’Brien.

The group has raised $56,000 on this ride and more than a $1,000,000 since it started two decades ago.