EUGENE, Ore. --Motorcyclists gathered in downtown Eugene Sunday morning for an annual ride to pay tribute to fallen Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen.
Around four hundred bikers rolled in to the BMW Motorsports dealership to honor officer Kilcullen, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011.
Chris’s wife, Kristie Kilcullen said above all she connects her husband’s legacy to honor.
“Not just law enforcement, that was just a fragment of his life. Chris was an amazing husband and father and just a great person,” said Kilcullen.
Wendie Jackson helped Kristie organize the ride. Now in it’s third year, she says it will return in summers to come.
“There's several different organized rides, and this event for the last Sunday in July. So if people are interested in it for next year, look for the last Sunday in July,” Jackson said.
Riders not only pay their respects through supporting the Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship Fund, but Sunday’s 248-mile ride across western Oregon reflects the number he wore on his police badge.
“It's extremely overwhelming, and not only by honoring Chris, but I like to think it honors all law enforcement. All these people who are waving these blue ribbons on their motorcycles signifies the thin blue line and law enforcement. I don't think we appreciate them as much as we should,” said Kilcullen.
Last year the event raised more than 17,000 for the Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship Fund, and organizers hope to raise even more this year.