10th Annual Ride to Remember Held in Honor of Fallen First Responders

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – The 10th edition of the Ride to Remember kicked off Saturday morning in West Springfield. The special ride is dedicated to deceased Western Massachusetts officers and other first responders, especially those who died in the line of duty.

Hundreds of cyclists set out from the West Springfield Irish Cultural Center to start the 2022 ride.

“This is my sixth year doing it, and hats off to those cops and firefighters,” said Randy Soucia of Belchertown.

“Today’s event is about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice and remembering their families,” added Paul Connor.

The ride began in 2013 when 120 participants cycled from Springfield to Boston in honor of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres.

Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood spoke to Western Mass News and shared what Officer Ambrose means to the city’s police department.

“It has special meaning for the Ambrose family today because 10 years have passed since he passed away, so we had a great memorial service at the police department that day, and it continues that way because we we certainly haven’t forgotten,” the superintendent said. Clapprood explained. “He was part of our family. It was a devastating loss, and we had officers before him that we remember every year.

Soucia, a cyclist from Belchertown, told us why he decided to participate in this year’s memorable ride.

“It’s a great cause,” he said. “Police and firefighters, they are so important to our communities. We have to support them and everything they do.

The cyclists returned to West Springfield around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon after completing the 50-mile ride. Everyone was invited to attend an after party to enjoy food, beer and live music at the Irish Cultural Center.

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