100-Mile Motorcycle Ride for Fallen Officer Jaimie Cox


It’s been about 10-months since Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox died in the line of duty. However, till this day, those who knew him best, remembered him by doing some of his favorite things. Family and friends say Jaimie Cox loved riding his Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.  Saturday morning, his loved ones took a 100-mile trip on their motorcycles stopping at spots that they knew meant a lot to Cox.

Motorcycles, blue line American flags, and custom-made flags, pictured on them was Jaimie Cox riding his old Harley motorcycle.  Bikes revved up their engines and were ready to ride for 100 miles in honor of fallen Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox.

“It’s just a great tribute to Jaimie,” said a family friend, Debbie Meiborg.  “Jaimie was very [adventurous] and did everything for himself, [he] was never afraid to try anything and he is looking down on us today.”
Along the way, there were police escorts from different agencies throughout the area.  Each stopping point had a special meaning to the Cox family and friends. The launching point was at a Roscoe bar,  The Whiffletree Tavern., where Jaimie liked to pass time.

“The second stop is in Byron ,” said Jaimie Cox’s Counsin, Adam Cox.  “Jaimie also lived there for quite awhile with one of his best friends, when he was going through school, and toward the beginning of his career with Illinois State Police.  The other stop is Oregon, Illinois and Mount Morris, Illinois, those are both towns where the Cox family hails from.”  Over a hundred men and women rolled up on bikes. Some attended who didn’t even know Jaimie at all, butt wanted to show their support.

“The biking community is a very generous group of people,” said Head of Steel Pigs Biking Group Brett Polhill.  “They really like to pull together for any causes any excuses to ride together.”

Last November, Cox passed away after a traffic stop that turned fatal. Since then, those who were closest to him still do what they can each day to keep his memory alive.

“The ongoing support  has been amazing for my family, my friends, [and] the Rockford Police Department family,” said Adam Cox.  “It just shows that people remember Jaimie. They remember his sacrifice, they want to keep his memory alive and that’s the goal at this point.”

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