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'Ride to Remember' honors fallen officers in McAllen and Mission

1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago Monday, June 14 2021 Jun 14, 2021 June 14, 2021 12:58 PM June 14, 2021 in News - Local

A group of motorcyclists traveling across the country made two special stops in the Rio Grande Valley on Monday to honor fallen police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2020.

The nonprofit organization Beyond the Call of Duty rode into Mission and McAllen as part of their “End of Watch Ride to Remember.”

In July 2020, Officer Ismael Chávez and Officer Edelmiro Garza were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

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The family and friends of the fallen officers were present as the motorcyclists paid tribute by speaking on the importance of remembering heroes lost in the line of duty.

“It’s amazing remembering all the fallen officers for 2020,” Barbara Garza, wife of fallen office Edelmiro Garza said. “There were a lot of officers. It’s an honor that my husband is up there.”

The motorcyclists rode through McAllen with two photos of Officer Chávez and Officer Garza on the side of one of the vehicles in their cross country caravan.

The group also made a stop in mission earlier Monday morning, remembering Officer Jorge Cabrera who died from COVID-19.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” Amy Cabrera, wife of fallen officer Jorge Cabrera, said. “You don’t realize what an impact these officers make and how important they really are.”

As the group heads to the next city on their ride of remembrance, the families expressed their gratitude for closure.

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