HEADED TO THE JAIL: The Cops Cycling for Survivors group rolls through downtown Madison toward the sheriff’s office for lunch on Thursday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
HEADED TO THE JAIL: The Cops Cycling for Survivors group rolls through downtown Madison toward the sheriff’s office for lunch on Thursday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Members of a foundation dedicated to raising funds to benefit the families of police officers killed in the line of duty made their way to Madison on Thursday.

The Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation Inc. is biking across the state to raise awareness and funds. The group is comprised of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members, and friends of law enforcement.

Master Trooper Rich Crawford, president of the group, said that in the event's 11 years about $500,000 has been raised. This year, Crawford expects to raise $40,000.

Each year, the ride focuses on one or two officers to recognize for the entire trip. This year, the cyclists are riding to recognize the sacrifices made by Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux and Indiana Department of Corrections Officer Timothy Betts.

Meux was killed instantly when struck by a car while on a training run around the perimeter of the Lake County Jail. Three co-workers were also injured in the hit and run crash. Meux was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for three years.

Betts suffered a heart attack while escorting an unruly prisoner to the segregation unit at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Betts had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for 15 years.

While in Madison, the riders honored Deputy Bruce Sutton, who died in a single-vehicle accident in 2009 while responding to a domestic incident.

Sutton's family also presented the riders with a wooden plaque for all they've done for the family.

The cyclists began their ride on July 8 in Indianapolis. Today they travel to Bloomington before finishing the trip Saturday in Indianapolis.

For more information on the ride, visit the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation website at: www.copscycling4survivors.org or contacting Crawford at (317) 650-8961.