- The Washington Times - Monday, June 10, 2002

More than 2,000 police officers and their supporters revved their motorcycles, munched on burgers and enjoyed the bright sunshine yesterday in support of Maryland survivors of police officers who died in the line of duty.
In the third annual COPS Ride, participants rode motorcycles from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 89 in Upper Marlboro.
The event is expected to raise more than $65,000 for the Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, an organization that provides support, counseling and scholarships for families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
"It's a great time," said Percy Alston, second vice president of the Prince George's County Fraternal Order of Police.
"It shows how police families stay together when we lose one of our own. We never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice."
The ride started after hundreds met at various Harley-Davidson dealerships around the state. Participants later rode to the lodge, where they listened to music, ate and chatted.
Joe Cabral of Baltimore, a machine mechanic, rode down with his wife, Audrey, to "enjoy the day for a good cause."
"It kills two birds with one stone," he said. "We like to ride and we want to support causes like this."
Lisa Lanzi, who is president of the Maryland chapter of the organization, joined COPS after her husband, Maryland State Police Trooper Joseph Lanzi, was killed in an accident in 1995.
"This has been an awesome group in how it takes care of us," she said. "Your whole support system is ripped away from you in a single moment. They help you to rebuild your life."
Mrs. Lanzi said COPS has more than 300 members in Maryland.
"We get together and have fun," she said. "It is a great way to let us know that you haven't forgotten my husband."

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