LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police gathered in Indiana Wednesday to ride bicycles as part of an event honoring the lives of fallen officers and their families.

It's the 16th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride. In the 13-day ride, active and retired police -- plus friends and family -- ride their bikes nearly 1,000 miles along the Indiana perimeter.

On Wednesday night, the ride takes them into Jeffersonville.

The yearly event raises money and awareness for the sacrifices made by Hoosier Law enforcement families across the state. 

"Well, it was back in 2006 when Lt. Gary Dudley, who started this ride back in 2002, was killed in the line of duty participating in this bike ride, along with Chief Gary Martin of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, so we continue this ride in their honor," said Indiana State Police Master Trooper Rich Crawford.

The ride ends Saturday in Indianapolis.

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