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Vt. event remembers fallen officers

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont's fallen law enforcement officers are being remembered this weekend in the annual Ride4Cops.

The motorcycle ride launched from the Statehouse in Montpelier. The charity ride raises money for families of fallen officers.

The family of slain state trooper Michael Johnson was there for the event. They say the Ride4Cops organization has helped them through their grief.

"They listen to our stories. They offer support for us. There's counseling. I've gone to the sibling retreat since 2004. I've been there every year. My brothers have gone with me. It's just an amazing group of people," said Patty Johnson Wolff, Trooper Michael Johnson's sister.

"To be a police officer, you don't worry about getting hurt or killed. You can't or you can't do your job. But you worry about your family. If something happens to me, who's going to take care of my family," said Harry Herington, the founder of Ride4Cops.

The actual motorcycle rally takes place Saturday at 12:30 p.m. It starts at the Rutland state police barracks and ends at the Franklin County Sheriff's office in St. Albans. Organizers say all of the money raised in Vermont stays in Vermont.

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