Nineteen York Regional Police (YRP) officers are among a contingent of officers that has hit the road to cycle 700 kilometres over four days to honour officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community.
The 19th Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Ride to Remember kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer and wraps up on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial in Ottawa.
Members of the Ride to Remember team will meet up with National Police and Peace Officers’ Run to Remember at the Ontario Police Memorial at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 26 for a brief ceremony.
A team from Fredericton Police Force, led by Const. Sara Burns’ husband, Steven Burns, will join the Ride to Remember contingent to honour the lives of Sara Burns and Const. Robert Costello, who were killed in the line of duty in Aug. 2018 when they responded to a report of gunshots being fired.
The ride raises awareness of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Service, which pays tribute to more than 860 fallen officers. The 42nd annual service will take place at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, Sept. 29. In 1998, the federal government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of September as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.
The York Regional Police #RidetoRemember team is taking part in the 700-kilometre bike ride under the leadership of Staff Sgt. Kelly Chester and Det. Ryan Boulay.