C.O.P.S. Ride Honors Indiana's Fallen Officers (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - More than two dozen law enforcement officials paid tribute to their own Wednesday in their annual ride to fallen officers.

The organization Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S., is touring Indiana, stopping at memorials, remembering their colleagues, and showing solidarity to families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

"To the riders, it means a lot to meet the surviving families of officers who have been left behind." Indiana State Master Trooper Rich Crawford says.

On Wednesday afternoon, C.O.P.S. rode to the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial, 1000 N. Wells St., spending lunch with families the officers have come to know over the years.

"It's a happy day," Susan Thomas, widow of Fort Wayne Police Officer Bradley Matteson, says. "Just the fact that they take that time of their lives to do this for us, it's nice."

Matteson was killed in an on-duty car crash at Coliseum & State Boulevards in October of 2000.

The C.O.P.S Ride lasts 13 days, concluding with a ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetary in Indianapolis.

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