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North Shore police officers to honor life of MIT officer killed by Marathon bombing suspect in upcoming bike ride

Posted by Terri Ogan  July 16, 2013 01:53 PM

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Police officers from the North Shore are set to participate in an upcoming bike ride honoring fallen MIT officer Sean Collier.

Collier was was killed in the line of duty on April 18, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Local officers will join cyclists from the Tour de Force, a 9/11 memorial bike ride that benefits the families of policemen that were killed in the line of duty, in the last 65-mile leg of the course.

Organizers of the local event have named the last stretch of the race, "Sean's Ride."

"I'm excited about this," said Danvers Police Officer Kevin Wood. "I'm honored to do it. we knew Sean personally because he worked here in town. He was a really nice kid so we're looking forward to doing it."

On September 8, about 250 participants will depart ground zero and cycle through New York City, across Long Island, up the Connecticut coast and into Rhode Island. They will then be joined by Sean's Ride to cycle from Providence to Boston, finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line on September 11, in honor of the victims of the Boston bombings.

Thus far, about 10 officers from the Beverly Police Department and Danvers Police Department have signed up.

Each participant is required to individually raise at least $200 for the ride. In order to do so, officers are hosting a fundraiser on Saturday July 27 at the Hastings House on Oak Street in Beverly from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event will include music, a silent auction, raffle prizes, food and beverages.

"It's going to be a really good time celebrating Sean's life and supporting a good cause," Wood said.

Members of the community are eligible to participate in Sean's Ride and should contact Officer Kevin Wood at 978-882-1084 to do so.

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