CHICAGO (CBS) — More than a thousand people participated in a fundraiser for the Chicago Police memorial today, reports WBBM’s Michele Fiore.

The engines got rolling at Harrison and Kedzie around 9 a.m. and ended at Gold Star Memorial and Park. Mark Baggetto stuck around after the bagpipes.


“I have family who are police officers and they do a great job day-in and day-out and to share and show that we care about the fallen officers and the jeopardy their lives are in every day it is the least I could do,” said Baggetto.

In its ninth year, to date, the Ride to Remember has raised $150,000 which helps children whose police officer parent died in the line of duty.

“it’s a small drop in the bucket compared to the ultimate sacrifices of their parents and brothers and sisters pay but it is well worth it,” said Al Wysinger, first deputy superintendent.