Houston, TX (WMC/CNN) - Bikers hit the roads all across the great state of Texas to "Back the Blue" and show support for law enforcement. About 200 men and women on motorcycles came out in the Houston area alone.
Just this week a motorcycle officer in the Bellaire area of Houston died chasing shoplifting suspects, and of course Texas was the scene of that police officer ambush in Dallas that left several officers dead.
Kimmy Martin is a Patriot Guard Rider and one of the organizers. He says, "the devastation that's going on across the United States, we're here Texas riders, bikers that want to get together and help support that group."
Organizers asked for at least a $5 donation for the ride that took them several times around the highway loop that encircles the city.
Other rides across the state included Amarillo, Midland, and Odessa. Organizers of the Houston ride say they raised about $2,000. Police officers who haven't always felt the support of the community appreciated the gesture.
"Sometimes it can make you question your career choices but stuff like this and the overall support we've been getting in the last year in general, but even more in the last week or so," said Tim McCurley with the League City Police Department Association.
Also, check out this incredible picture of some Mississippi officers who joined the ceremonies in Texas.
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.