"We're trying to grow awareness that officers are getting killed in the line of duty," said Detective Craig Catlin, president of the Florida Tour de Force. "Right now, especially these days, it seems like it's anti-law enforcement out there. We are still doing our job. We are the protectors."
Organizers said the support they have received along the way has been amazing, with communities rallying at each stop they make and helping out with the fundraiser. Every dollar raised goes directly to the families of fallen officers in Florida.
"We are raising money for those families that lost their spouse, father, mother, son or daughter," Catlin added.
Now in its 18th year, the Florida Tour de Force is a ride that started when a state trooper was killed. Last year, 800 law enforcement personnel participated in the race, and more than 30 riders completed the entire,