"Gary's Ride" Dedicated to Helping Survivors of Fallen Officers
Lt. Gary Dudley died in 2006. (photo courtesy of Gary's Ride)
Indiana State Police Lieutenant Gary Dudley died in 2006 while riding his bike raising money and awareness for the survivors of fallen officers.
Now a survivor herself, Gary's widow Carolyn, continues her husband's dedication to those survivors by hosting "Gary's Ride" at the Indiana Law Enforcement Acadmy in Plainfield.
The event takes place Saturday from 7am to 11am with proceeds going to provide scholarships for the children of Indiana's fallen officers. Carolyn says riders can show up that morning starting at 7am and register. The event is an "open ride," which means participants can start at their leisure. The course has 7 different routes covering a total of 100 miles to accomodate any and all skill levels. Familes are welcome to participate.
Carolyn says since creating the foundation in her husband's honor, they have been able to award $119,000 in scholarships to children of fallen officers in the state. This year, Gary's Foundation intends to award nine student survivors with scholarships of $2,500 each.
The event will also include a Public Safety Fair with tables of information and activities from police, fire, EMS, and the Department of Natural Resources from 9am to 1pm. The Public Safety Fair is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.garysride.com.