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Motorcyclists ride to honor fallen officer Falcone

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It's been almost seven months since Poughkeepsie Police officer John Falcone was killed while protecting the community. Our Elaina Athans shows us how his memory is still alive on city streets.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- "Everyone is coming here to show support and honor our hero," said memorial ride organizer Bill Shelzi.

Bikers ride to remember Poughkeepsie fallen officer John Falcone. A motorcycle precession snaked through city streets and passed the place where Falcone worked for 18 years, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. More than a 150 bikers paid homage on the ride.

"He was really a great guy and anyone who met him knew what kind of a guy he is," said Shelzi.

Falcone died in February while responding to a domestic dispute call. He was the first police officer in the city's history to be shot and killed in the line of duty.

"Had you told John before what would happen to him, he would still show up to work that day. He would still answer the call," said Poughkeepsie PBA Treasurer Sean Fitzgerald.

The ride is going to help raise funds for Falcone's family. When he was killed, he was single without children. But those close to him say he has two nephews, who he viewed as sons.

"We got to remember the biggest impact on his death is his family. That's the biggest loss," said Shelzi.

"John would not want any of the attention focused on himself. But I think he's get over it knowing that this wasn't going to benefit him," said Fitzgerald. "I think he would appreciate that. He would really like that."

Organizers hope to make the memorial ride an annual event.

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