DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A team of nearly 100 riders is heading from Alton to Bridgeview this weekend.
They are participating in a charity bike ride to benefit the Illinois Chapter of Police Survivors (COPS). They have chapters across the country.
The organization has volunteers across the state who can come to the side of family members when their loved one is killed in the line of duty.
“Everything – they’re there for everything,” said Amy Oberheim, whose brother Chris was killed in the line of duty in May 2021. “When Chris past They showed up at Chris and Amber’s house hours after her death and they were there for everything, there was nothing they missed.”
Many cyclists participating in the race have received support from COPS and are giving back to the group.
“Our first year we collected about 1,500 dollars but this year we hit $200,000 in fundraising,” said Curt Kiebles, a retired police officer from Wheaton, Illinois. He rode Cycle Across Illinois for 18 years from the start.
One of the riders was Matt Oberheim, brother of Amy and Chris Oberheim. The group stopped in Monticello to celebrate Chris’ life and acknowledge his sacrifice.
“100% my brother Chris has been my motivation, my inspiration to get through it all and of course honor all the other officers this fell,” Matt Oberheim said.
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