Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- On Friday, some of our finest will ride their bikes with hundreds of other officers to pay tribute to those who've died in the line of duty. This year, they'll ride in honor of Sergeant David Vanbuskirk.
1,200 officers from all over the world ride 250 miles over the course of several days, ending at the police memorial in Washington, D.C. Officer Richard Strader said, "We remember our fallen brothers and sisters who gave their life protecting us in our community."
Jill Morrison is riding for the third year but remembers her first year when she met a woman riding in honor of her fallen husband.
"She said to me, 'My husband was killed in the line of duty in California 5 years ago.' It immediately brings you back to why we became police officers to begin with."
Team Vegas is made up of 22 officers from several local agencies but his year, Strader says something else binds them together. "This year is special for us because we are given the honor to ride for David who died in the line of duty trying to save a hiker in Mt. Charleston. His wife is going to be there."
At the end of the ride, David's name will be unveiled on the police memorial, making the months of training and fundraising worth every minute to Team Vegas. "Officers do a tough job. They walk away from their families 10-11 hours a day and some of them never make it home. Their sacrifice so you can sleep at night is huge."
Team Vegas raised, with the help of this community, more than $50,000 to help support the fallen officers memorial in Washington, D.C.