Wednesday marked the 12th year since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and a group of Reading Police officers used the day to honor the victims, along with another man whose life was taken too soon.
Officers Matt Edson, David Savio, Sean Wilson and John Edson joined Sergeant John McKenna during "Sean's Ride," which honored MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Every year police officers participate in Tour de Force to honor those who lost their lives during the September 11 attacks. This year, cyclists left Ground Zero and rode to Providence, R.I.
That is where riders met up with the Sean's Ride participants, who rode 65 miles from Providence to Boston, crossing the Boston Marathon finish line to end the event, which took place in blistering conditions. Temperatures spiked to above 90 degrees on the day.
Reading officers had the opportunity to meet Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who was a key figure in the aftermath of the bombings.
"It's just a tribute to our occupation and the sacrifices that officers have made over the years, losing their lives in the line of duty," Matt Edson said during an August preview of the event. "It's certainly for everyone involved in the whole tragic incident, but emphasizing Sean who lost his life as a law enforcement officer as a result of the whole incident."