ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Every time Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Van Eldredge drives past a white cross in Tijeras, he remembers his boyhood friend Jimmy McGrane, who was a sheriff’s deputy when he was killed in 2006.
“I think of what a great police officer, and a great friend, he was to me,” Eldredge said after completing the first official New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial Ride.
More than 150 bicyclists rode 100 kilometers, or 64 miles, on Saturday to honor the memories of slain police officers in New Mexico.
Accompanied by a police motorcycle escort, the road trip of riders traveled a challenging six-hour route that began in Downtown Albuquerque, went east to Tijeras Canyon, then north on N.M. 14 – the Turquoise Trail – before ending at the State Police Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. They were given a complimentary ride home on the Rail Runner commuter train.