MASON, Ohio -- Each year it seems to get bigger; and this year hundreds of riders are expected for the Sgt. Brian Dulle Memorial Scholarship ride this weekend.
Last year, 450 riders took part in the benefit to honor the fallen police officer. Organizers are hoping for even more when they hit the street Saturday.
Dulle was killed in the line of duty three years ago. He was trying to stop a suspect during a high-speed chase in May 2011.
The memorial ride benefits three charities in his name including: the Brian Dulle Scholarship Fund – a scholarship that helps cadets at Butler Tech – as well as The Shield, an organization that serves families of fallen officers and Maddie’s Hope, a charity named for Dulle's daughter who has been cancer free since 2009.
Dulle’s mother, Denise Dulle, said she is overcome with emotion in the face of all the support her family has received since her husband’s death.
"We are surviving,” Denise Dulle said. "There were just so many people that would say, ‘We're praying for you.’ Maddie got little gifts in the mail all the time.”
That community support is the reason none of the money raised by the ride goes to the Dulle family. They want it all to go to causes dear to Sgt. Dulle’s heart, even if he wouldn’t want all the attention.
"Well, he may fuss at us because he was a private person, [but] he would be very honored,” Denise Dulle said.
Registration for the ride starts at 8 a.m. at Powder Keg Harley Davidson in Mason. The ride starts at 10 a.m. and registration costs $25.
There will also be live bands, games, food, drinks and a raffle.