TWINSBURG, Ohio -- The wife of a fallen Twinsburg police officer is about to embark on an emotional journey. But, before she begins, she must raise some funds.
Holly Miktarian plans on being among hundreds of bicycle riders taking part in the Police Unity Tour this May. They ride for those who have died. Miktarian will ride in honor of her late husband, Twinsburg Police Officer Josh Miktarian. He was shot and killed during a traffic stop in July of 2008.
“Every day. He's thought of every day,” she said.
The three-day, 300-mile bicycle ride begins in New Jersey and ends at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. -- a memorial that now bears the name of her late husband and her daughter’s dad.
“My daughter will be there. Another widow is going to take her down to D.C. So, she will be there when I ride in to the memorial and I will get to see her next to her daddy's name. So, it will be emotional," she said.
Miktarian also plans to ride to remember fallen Cleveland Heights Police Officer Tom Patton who died in the line of duty in March of 2010.
"Other officers have come forward, too, and offered to ride in his honor, as well. I think there are two or three officers riding for him,” she added.
In addition to the travel and equipment expenses, every rider must raise $1,750 to participate in the Police Unity Tour. The money goes to the National Police Officers Memorial.
“That helps them with the upkeep of the memorial and unfortunately adding all the new names of the police officers, engraving them in,” Miktarian said.
The Cleveland Memorial Society and The Ohio Police Benevolent Society have already donated. Miktarian hopes to raise the remaining $1,000 through a First Giving webpage. People can donate to the Police Unity Tour in her name.
For Miktarian, this is her way of showing that the fallen are not forgotten.
"I don't want anyone to forget. I never want to forget Josh and the sacrifice that he made. And, I never want to forget the other officers that have died in the line of duty,” she said.