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Officer Lindsey remembered at "Brothers Forever Ride"

By GARY LIBERATORE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than 200 bikers go on the 'Brothers Forever Ride' for fallen Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey

The parking lot of Utica's City Hall was filled Saturday morning with more than 200 motorcycles and their drivers and even some passengers.

All were there to honor the memory of fallen Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey, killed during a traffic stop on Neilson St. back on April 12th, 2007.

The 7th Annual 'Brothers Forever Ride'.took place under bright sunny skies and perfect temperatures.

One of the main organizers of this event is Al Uryniak, a recently retired Sergeant with the Utica Police Department, who has been involved in putting the ride together since its inception.

Uryniak says Tommy was a friend and really just a great guy, "His memory should live on. Even beyond the sacrifice that he made is the fact that he was so dedicated to kids. He loved working with kids, and now by doing this ride we raise funds. We do 'Shop with a Cop', we do book bags for school supplies in the fall. It works. It works for him. We keep his memory going."

Lindsey's younger brother Arthur Lindsey Jr. was on hand Saturday and says his family is so appreciative of not only what those that put this event on do, but for everyone who participates, "Amazing, excellent. I can't tell you how much it means to my whole family. This beautiful day, everybody comes out."

Utica Police Detective David Kaminski led the pre-ride ceremony on the stage outside of Utica's City Hall.

Kaminski says Tommy not only loved kids, but just loved life itself, "That's why this Brother's Forever Ride every year, everybody comes out for this ride, because he was such a nice guy. He got out of his car, talked to people. He was your 'Officer Friendly'."

All proceeds are donated to the Thomas Lindsey Foundation which uses the money for kids' programs throughout the year.

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