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Brother Forever Ride fills the streets of Central New York
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It's been more than five years now that Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey was killed in the line of duty at the age of 32.
He was gunned down during a traffic stop on Neilson Street on April 12th, 2007.
Soon after, his work brothers within the Utica Police Department formed the 'Brothers Forever' motorcycle ride in his honor.
Saturday morning, the 6th Annual Brothers Forever Ride took place.
More than 200 bikers left Utica's City Hall on a 110 mile trip across Central New York, traveling to Dewitt near Syracuse, before returning back here to Utica for a post party.
Before the bikers left Utica's City hall, Utica Police Chief Mark Williams kicked things off, urging everyone to be safe and to remember all of those people who help put this event on each year. He said, "many men and women, the volunteers within the police department and outside the police department, that make this happen, because a lot of hard work goes into this."
Utica Police Sgt. Al Uryniak has helped organize this event since its inception in 2007.
Uryniak says even though he plans to retire early next years, he will continue to be heavily involved in the organization of this memorial ride. He said, "Tom was a great guy, he really was and the manner of his sacrifice commands us to keep this alive to keep his memory alive and this is one of the ways to do it."
Money raised from the ride goes to the Lindsey Foundation which helps provide kids in the area many things they may not other wise have, like the Backpack Program that gives them school supplies and the Shop with a Cop program that gives them 100 dollars each to go shopping at Christmas.