A ceremony was held at the Hartford Police Department to honor fallen officers just one day before the start of a police unity ride.
The event honors those who died in the line of duty. Organizers hope to continue to honor the sacrifices they have made through the event.
The ceremony took place on Monday morning.
John Fenton lost his father on March 28, 1969.
"He missed out on a lot of weddings, graduations and births," Fenton said.
Fenton was 11 years old at the time.
His father was a Hartford officer who was killed in the line of duty.
"[He was] a tough guy when he needed to be a tough guy [and] a good father , a great father, [and] good husband," Fenton said.
Fenton's father was honored at Monday's ceremony, along with seven other fallen officers from both Hartford and Bridgeport.
"It's very touching," Fenton said.
According to a Hartford officer who will be part of the ride, it was the first official Hartford police ceremony honoring the department's seven fallen officers.
The police unity tour was first organized in May 1997.
It started off with 18 riders on a four day fundraising bike tour from New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.
"It was a beautiful sight to see," said Officer Cresidio Palmieri, Hartford police.
It has since grown to nine chapters consisting of thousands of members from the U.S. and overseas. The ride ends on Friday.
Several Hartford officers are listed on the roster. They'll be meeting with riders in Somerset, NJ.
From there, they'll head to the memorial in the nation's capital where they will be greeted by families, friends and officers from around the world.
Each officer involved in the ride had to raise nearly $2,000, which will be donated to the memorial and its programs, such as the Officer of the Month award.
"You're going to be beat up, but on Friday when you go in there, you're going to forget about all that pain," Palmieri said. "And you're going to be there for that reason, for those families."
The tour officially starts on Tuesday morning.
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