JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Ten-year-old Isaac Scott Patrick never had the chance to meet his dad, but through photos and his mother's stories, he feels a sense of pride and gratitude being the son of a fallen Indiana State Trooper.
"My mom said I look a lot like him," Isaac said.
Scott Allen Patrick was assisting a stranded motorist when he was shot and killed in Gary, Indiana on December 22, 2003. His son, Isaac, was born six moths later and given the initials, ISP, in honor of his father's line of work.
"The first year they started the ride in Indiana was the year my husband was honored," Melissa Patrick, Isaac's mom said.
Thursday, 20 state troopers and police officers hit the road in honor of Patrick and his fallen comrades as part of an annual 13-day ride across Indiana called Cops Cycling for Survivors.
This year, Isaac led the group during the day's first mile.
"It's going to be a thrill of a lifetime for him," Rich Crawford, an ISP trooper and cyclist said.
It was Isaac's first time taking part in the nearly 1,000 mile ride.
"That was pretty cool," Isaac said.
The troopers continued up to Madison Thursday afternoon to meet another family of a fallen trooper.
"All the families who come out and participate in the ride, they enjoy seeing the riders because you want to know, as a survivor, that your loved one hasn't been forgotten, especially for their sacrifice," Melissa said.
"Unfortunately, we've already lost three officers in the line of duty in Indiana in just a very short time," Crawford said.
This year's ride honored Trooper Rod Bradway, with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept. It will come to an end on Saturday when the group reaches Indianapolis, to a cemetery called the Heroes section, where many Indiana officers are buried.
This year, Cops Cycling for Survivors is expected to raise $45,000 for organizations that help families of fallen of officers.
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