Mentor police officer honoring fallen Euclid officer during memorial bike ride

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EUCLID – It is a memorial bike ride to honor fallen officers so we never forget their service and their sacrifice. Officer Erik Kupchik, a 14-year veteran with the Mentor Police Department, will be participating in the Police Unity Tour. It's a 4-day, 325-mile bicycle ride from Newark, New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ride raises awareness for fallen officers and raises money for the memorial.

Officer Kupchik is riding in memory of Euclid Police Officer George Brentar who was killed in the line of duty in an accident trying to catch up to a speeding motorist.

"Our motto is: we ride for those that died and we make that very clear during the ride, what we are doing the ride for-- and in memory of officers who are no longer with us and they made the ultimate sacrifice," Officer Kupchik said.

This will be the seventh time Officer Kupchik will be participating in the Police Unity Tour and the second time he will be riding in memory of Officer Brentar.

The Police Unity Tour is the single largest supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Each participant must raise a minimum of $1,850 to ride.

More details about Officer Kupchik’s ride can be found here.