Ride honors officers killed in Indiana

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By Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 20, 2014)  -– Nearly 300 Hoosiers participated in a motorcycle ride that honored three law enforcement officers.

This afternoon, about 210 motorcycles were seen along our city streets as a sign of support and as a way to remember three Indiana fallen heroes.

The group honored Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Perry Renn who was killed on the east side. They honored Gary Police Officer Jeff Westerfield who was killed on his 47th birthday and Tipton County Deputy Jacob Calvin who was killed in a crash on his way to an accident.
“We don’t do it for us. We do it for them. We want them to remember they’ll never be forgotten,” Organizer Brian Spurrier said.

Dan Calvin and his family wanted to be a part of the ride today. They wanted to help honor their son, Deputy Calvin.
“He (Jacob) was always willing to help anyone and everyone no matter where he was or what situation it was,” Karla Calvin, his mother, said.

The Calvin family wanted to thank everyone who participated in the ride.

Dan Calvin said, “the support from the police community has been great. The brotherhood among fellow officers is just incredible and, you know, they’ve been there for us the whole way through”.

The ride started at the American Legion Post #470 in Fishers. It ended at the IMPD North District along 30th street. After the 30 minute ride, the participants prayed outside of the district office. People also thanked officers who were working today.

“We ask that you protect those who even now guard the gates of freedom,” the group prayed.

The ride was free for the participants. Organizers accepted donations. Spurrier said part of the proceeds will be given to the Best Friends Canine Fund.