Thousands of bikers honor fallen officer

SCHOOLCRAFT, Mich. (WOOD) – Thousands of bikers gathered together to honor fallen officer Eric Zapata in Schoolcraft Saturday.

The annual E-Z memorial ride raises money for Zapata’s family and for “D-C Strong,” which supports childhood cancer patients.

This yearly event pays tribute to Zapata’s service and dedication to the community, organizers said.

In 2011, Zapata was shot while coming to the aid of a fellow officer who was under fire in Kalamazoo. He was the first Kalamazoo Public Safety officer killed in the line of duty.

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