(Cleveland) - Cops Ride 2013 took place today...the annual motorcycle procession honoring men and women in blue who have fallen during the past year, wound it's way through northeast Ohio, after starting in downtown Cleveland.
Last year, 120 U.S. police officers died in the line of duty. Hundreds of motorcyle riders gathered for a brief ceremony at the Cleveland Police Memorial, across the street from the Justice Center.
Among the speakers was Julia Ruane, who's only brother Desmond Sherry was gunned down in 1980.
The Cleveland police officer was off duty and driving home when he saw a street robbery in progress. Sherry stopped his car to help but was immediately shot in the face by one of the suspects. Sherry died from his wounds.
Ruane says her family is still hurting, but having so many people pay honor to fallen officers like her brother makes the pain much more bearable.
The 40 mile police escorted processional ride began at 11 am making its way to Southeast Harley Davidson for food and entertainment. Among the many participants was a couple biked from New York to show their support.
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(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)