AUGUSTA, Maine — To draw attention to the needs of families of fallen police officers, Maine’s Ride4Cops event (http://www.ride4copsmaine.com) will roar into the City of Augusta on August 19th, 2013.
Ride4Cops is holding motorcycle events in conjunction with local and state law enforcement in every U.S. capital city. The events raise awareness and funds to benefit families and co-workers of police officers killed in the line of duty. The Augusta ride is one of nine capital city events scheduled in 2013.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fallen Officers Memorial on State St. in Augusta where Gov. Paul R. LePage, Col. Joel Wilkinson of the Maine Warden Service, Lt. David Tripp of the Maine State Police, and Ride4Cops founder Harry Herington will honor the number of police officers who have lost their lives serving the people of Maine.
Herington also will present a donation to the New England C.O.P.S Chapter. The contribution is earmarked for Maine survivors. His personal donation will be combined with contributions from Maine Information Network, AAA of Northern New England, Northeast Bank, Brunswick Rotary, and other organizations, to be presented to the chapter. After the ceremony, riders will begin their trek, being led by Ride4Cops’ Memorial Motorcycle; the ride will culminate in the parking lot of the Maine State Police Headquarters at 45 Commerce Drive.
“Law enforcement who protect each community in Maine every day are heroes who deserve our support,” said Herington, the chief executive officer of Kansas City-based eGovernment firm NIC, Inc. “As a former police officer, I know that an officer’s biggest concern isn’t falling in the line of duty, but what will happen to his or her family if that occurs. Between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty each year. I’m committed to raising awareness and donations in Maine and throughout the country to help meet the needs of the families they leave behind. I encourage others to follow the ride and get involved at www.Ride4Cops.com.”
Ride4Cops donates 100 percent of the funds it raises to Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.), which provides resources to assist in rebuilding the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The organization also trains law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public on the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors. Since 1984, C.O.P.S., a 501(c)(3) organization, has served more than 15,000 families.
Ride4Cops, founded in 2009, raises awareness of the inherent dangers of law enforcement and the sacrifices made by fallen officers’ families. The organization achieves its mission by holding motorcycle rides in conjunction with local law enforcement in every U.S. state capital city.
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NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
Maine.gov (http://www.Maine.gov) is the official Web portal of the state of Maine. Maine.gov is a service of InforME, a collaborative effort between the state of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC. part of the NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.