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Mahaffey Memorial Ride to be held Saturday

CONYERS — Supporters will ride in remembrance on Saturday, June 7, as part of the Brian Mahaffey Memorial Ride to raise money for the Georgia chapter of COPS.

COPS, which stands for Concerns of Police Survivors, is a worldwide organization that steps in to support families of fallen law enforcement officers.

Jeny Green, an organizer of the ride, said she is anticipating the event to be larger this year, the second time it has been held.

“Last year we had over 100 participants, and there was a massive thunderstorm,” said Green. “I feel like for being our first year out of the box and with the bad weather, I feel like that was a great turnout.”

The ride is open to all vehicles — motorcycles, cars and trucks. Registration will start at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m., with “kickstands up” at 11:30 a.m. The ride will end at Los Charros Mexican Restaurant at Ga. Highway 20 and Honey Creek Road. Registration is $10 per vehicle. A silent auction will be held at the end of the ride, with all proceeds given to Georgia COPS.

Green said proceeds from this ride will go directly to support the wife and seven children of a Griffin police officer who was killed Saturday while working off-duty at a Waffle House.

“Obviously, that family is in a state of crisis right now, so everything we can do to help them is why we are doing this,” said Green.

Green said she became involved with COPS after Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brian Mahaffey was killed in the line of duty in May 2010, one day before his 28th birthday.

“I am not law enforcement, but I do have a long line of law enforcement in my family and have been a very long-time resident in Rockdale County,” said Green. “I was just a citizen in the community who was mortified at what transpired in May 2010. I stood up as an individual to try to raise money for his wife and children … and through that, myself and my family have become very, very close with Brian’s family.”

For more information on Saturday’s ride, contact Chris and Katie Mahaffey at 404-431-2679 or Green at 678-906-9143.