Annual motorcycle ride honors fallen heroes of the Philadelphia Police Department

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “We have to support our police force. We know what can happen to them at any time on this job,” said Terri O’Connor. “And to know that there are always people behind us, you need that support. You really do it, you really do it.”

O’Connor’s husband, Sgt. James R. O’Connor IV was killed in the line of duty in March 2020. But through the tragedy, she discovered a community of people who vowed never to forget her husband and family.

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police uses its Survivors Fund to support families like O’Connor’s. And today dozens of motorcyclists rolled out to raise money for this cause.

“They honor our fallen heroes,” Terri O’Connor said. “My husband is one of them and to see his colleagues here and do it in his honor is truly amazing.”

Today’s event marked the 15th annual Philly’s Fallen Heroes Memorial Motorcycle Ride organized by the Bullets Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LE MC). The drivers started at the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 and drove all the way to Wildwood, New Jersey.

Originally scheduled for June, the rainy date for the event attracted an impressive turnout. All proceeds support the Survivors Fund.

“The Survivors Fund is a charity to police officers’ families to help them stay on their feet and help with tuition,” said Philadelphia SWAT Officer Philip Scratchard, President of Bullets LE MC. “Last year we raised over $13,000.”

The financial support creates a lasting legacy for the fallen hero that will be preserved for generations to come.

“Being cared for by our Survivors Fund takes a toll on families because sometimes they don’t have things to think about,” Terri O’Connor said. “Two and a half years later these guys are my biggest supporters and will do anything for me at any time and we are very lucky at worst.”

To learn more about the Philly’s Fallen Heroes Memorial Motorcycle Ride, visit their Facebook page.

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