ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The second annual Jaimie Cox Motorcycle and Classic Auto Rally was held Saturday, August 24th, and about 300 participants showed up.
Jaimie Cox was a Rockford Police Officer and military veteran that was killed while on duty at a traffic stop in November of 2017.
Jaimie’s cousin, Andrea Cox, is the event organizer and she said the rally is a fitting tribute.
“Jamie loved to ride motorcycles, so this is definitely to honor him today,” Cox said.
The event was a fundraiser for the Jaimie Cox Foundation, focused on helping causes close to the late officer’s heart.
“We are working to provide veterans assistance with things that they need, underprivileged children, and other first responder families that are in need, specifically locally,” Cox said.
Among those in attendance at the rally were fellow men and women in blue and retired police officer, now president of The Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Club in Chicago, Joseph Paglia.
Paglia met Cox’s family at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. two years ago and has kept in touch.
“When I heard Jaimie’s story, I mean, he was a heroic warrior. To do what he did, to stand up like he did. You can’t deny that,” Paglia said.
All involved were in awe at the outpouring of community support.
“We’re driving down, we’re halfway through, I don’t know, I got a couple hundred bikes in front, a couple hundred bikes behind me. And all you see are cars pulling over, and they’re waving, there are thumbs up, there are flags,” Paglia said. “And if you don’t have a tear in your eye while you’re riding, something’s wrong with you.”
“And to see people that are coming out to continue to honor Jaimie, to continue to show support to our law enforcement… it’s just really overwhelming,” Cox said.
Those that couldn’t make it to the rally today can donate through the Facebook page. The foundation also has an upcoming Jaimie Cox Memorial 5k run scheduled for October 12th, which you can sign up for here.
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