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Published September 03, 2012, 07:59 PM

Iowa Police Officers Ride in Support of 9/11 Families

The anniversary of “9/11” is fast approaching and with that in mind two midwest police officers are taking on a journey of honor. They’ll be honoring nearly three thousand civilians, firefighters and police officers who died that day.

By: Megan Noe, WQAD TV

The anniversary of “9/11” is fast approaching and with that in mind two midwest police officers are taking on a journey of honor. They’ll be honoring nearly three thousand civilians, firefighters and police officers who died that day.

The ride has special meaning for the officers locally in East Molene as well, as it has them thinking of a more recent tragedy that occurred there.

Stacey Bollinger, East Moline Police Department: "A while back one of our police officers made a traffic stop and it was a person that was on the federal terrorist watch list, so it does happen, even here locally."

Matt Drobney, East Moline Police Department: "Ive learned through my career that its more than just a job, its a brotherhood. No matter what city we go to, what state we go to, we're there for each other."

And it’s no easy ride, four days from Boston to New York City. The men have trained by riding one hundred miles a week. Stacey dropped 25 pounds since he made the trip last year.

Bollinger: “We went uphill for twenty miles. no exaggeration, it was twenty miles uphill. And theres just no way to prepare for anything like that around here."

But there’s a good cause to keep them going.

Drobney: "We need to continue to remember it so we can pass it on to our families, our kids, so they know what happened, they know what kinds of heroes were there that helped out throughout the course of the tragedy."

Each rider is putting up $1,000 for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

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