Memories of fallen officers motivate motorcycle ride

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Dozens of motorcyclists hit the roads of central Indiana on a mission Sunday as they reflected and remembered three recently fallen police officers.

The riders gathered in the light of a sunny afternoon among memories of darker times, weeks following the recent on-duty deaths of Tipton County Deputy Jacob Calvin, Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn.

Indianapolis and Speedway police departments had reached out to American Legion Post 470 to host the ride from Fishers to IMPD’s north district where Renn served.

“Whenever we have an officer that unfortunately is a fallen officer, they become part of your family and you feel like you’ve known them,” Marlene Bolander spoke on behalf of the American Legion post. “Somebody that stands up for the citizens every day and helps us and protects us and for such a senseless act that took somebody’s life we just want to say thank you for supporting us and we really do appreciate you.”

Family members of the fallen were on hand to hear such gratitude in person. Dep. Calvin’s parents and an uncle to IMPD Ofc. Rod Bradway, who was killed in the line of duty 10 months to the day prior, were among those taking part in the day.

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