Special Stop for Cops Cycling for Survivors

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The 16th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors Ride is underway around the state of Indiana.

On Monday, it continued through the Wabash Valley, making a stop at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle.

The ride honors officers killed in the line of duty and recognizes the survivors left behind. It also honors fallen correctional officers, like Officer Timothy Betts.

He worked at the Carlisle facility. He died from a heart attack in 2012 while escorting an inmate.

Officer Betts was honored during Monday’s memorial ceremony, something that hit home for everyone who attended.

“Betts was a great yard officer and such a funny guy,” recounts Tammy Mark, a former WVCF employee and now Unit Team Manager at Madison Correctional Facility. “He was in the north yard, so he was my yard officer, and so his family is very special to me. I am very proud to represent the DOC.”

She is also participating in the ride.

“We have brought the Department of Corrections into the fold of the family, of the Cops Cycling for Survivors,” says ISP Master Trooper & CCFS President Rich Crawford. “For a number of years, we rode by the facility and then it wasn’t until Tim’s death that, you know what, drew attention to we need to start stopping at the Department of Corrections.”

The Inside Out Dads & Plus program at the facility made a $500 donation to the ride on Monday.

Funds raised go toward honoring fallen officers and assisting their families. You can read more about Cops Cycling for Survivors here.

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