© BKCR 2017
In 1996 Dick DelRossi, a Police Officer and Officer Survival Instructor in Massachusetts and a member of
the Blue Knights’ Chapter MA V, went to Washington DC to take part in National Police Week. While attending the Candlelight
Vigil at the National Police Memorial, he had a moment to speak to a young wife who had lost her husband in the line of duty.
She stated, “That the hardest thing was standing there all alone.” Even though there were thousands of people there at the time.
Dick returned home that year with that image in his mind and realized the 90% of the time in Washington,
DC during National Police Week is spent honoring the Officers that were killed. Dick decided to spend some time taking
classes offered by the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), an organization members include spouses, children, parents, siblings,
significant others and affected co-workers and friends of officers killed in the line of duty. The belief is that we cannot
do anymore for the officers, who have passed, but we can make sure that their families and co-workers are never forgotten.
This is when the idea for the Blue Knights’® COPSRUN came about, a motorcycle ride to Washington, DC during Police Memorial Week to
bring awareness and support to the survivors. The Blue Knights’® COPSRUN motto is “THEY WILL NEVER STAND ALONE.” This
is to always remind us of that young wife standing at the memorial feeling all alone. As long as Blue Knights’® COPSRUN exists,
no survivors will ever stand alone again. In 1997 the first year of the Blue Knights’® COPSRUN, Founder Dick DelRossi was joined
by Russ Harper (Blue Knights NY XVIII) and Ted Morris (Blue Knights MA XVIII). The three of them took up a collection and made
a donation in the name of the Blue Knights’® Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club to the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) duringNational Law Week that year.
We have the full support of the Blue Knights’® International Motorcycle
Club and have signed an agreement with the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to act as an agent for their cause and fall under
their 501(c)(3) status as a Non-Profit Organization. Blue Knights’® COPSRUN is not just from one area of the country and when
we present a donation to the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), it comes from ALL of the Blue Knights’®, not just one chapter
Please remember our motto “THEY WILL NEVER STAND ALONE” and help us to continue this great
tradition by sending in your donations and attending the Blue Knights’® COPSRUN next year in Washington, DC with us. If you come once
and meet the Survivors, you will be back every year, trust us.
Please make your donation checks to: "Blue
Send to: Blue Knights’® COPSRUN