Police organization honors Colorado’s fallen officers

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DENVER -- Harry Herington founded Ride4Cops to keep his ‘Partner’s Promise’ several years ago to help give financial support to families of fallen police officers.

“We just want to raise dollars and awareness,” said Herington, who is a retired officer.

“We see more and more officers being killed in the line of duty so we are stepping up to make sure families are taken care of across the nation.”

To date, Herington has been to 20 states, where his organization, Concerns of Police Survivors, has served more than 15,000 families of fallen officers.

He says deaths of female officers are on the rise…last year 11 died in the line of duty, eight have lost their lives this year, and it is only July. Herington says last year 163 cops were killed in America.

Wednesday at the State Capitol his group met with the wife of a fallen Englewood officer, Jeremy Bitner, who is still dealing with her husband’s death.

The organization dropped off a donation to the state chapter of COPS—Concerns of Police Survivors—before boarding motorcycles and riding to the Camp George West State Patrol Memorial Wall for Fallen Officers.

Once there, Mrs. Bitner released doves in memory of her husband and others who have died while serving and protecting us all.