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POUGHKEEPSIE, N .Y. – “John was a very humble man so he would be a little embarrassed if we were doing this in his name, but knowing that it’s a good cause would put john’s mind at ease,” said Poughkeepsie PBA President Sean Fitzgerald.
It’s a ride to remember law enforcement motorcycle clubs, bike enthusiast and folks from across the Hudson Valley and beyond are riding about 30 miles in memory of Poughkeepsie Police Detective John Falcone.
“It’s tragic what happened a couple of years ago and we just feel that we want to honor his memory and his commitment to the community and his courage that day,” said New York State Court Officer Bill Shelzi.
Falcone was gunned down in February 2011 while responding to a domestic dispute call in the city. He was the first police officer in Poughkeepsie's history to be shot and killed in the line of duty, and his fellow comrades say it’s important to never forget.
“When an officer is called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice it's not something that should be forgotten, I'm going to continue to do this every year, as far as I'm concerned it's only going to get bigger and better, as we've proven over the past couple of years,” said New York State Court System Sgt. Joseph Beck.
A motorcycle precession with a greater meaning and an ever bigger cause, keeping Falcone’s bravery alive throughout the city streets he serviced for 18 years.
“If you simply toss them aside and don’t remember them, pay a little tribute to them once in awhile, then everything else we do is for naught. So it’s a very good reason to get together and ride in john’s memory,” said Fitzgerald.
The event was capped off at “The Chance” for some live music and a barbecue.Organizers say proceeds will go towards the Fallen Officer Fund and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital