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Ride honors slain officer

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More than 300 motorcyclists from across Oregon converged on the Sweet Home Police Department on Saturday morning, a pit stop on a 248-mile ride in memory of Chris Kilcullen, a Eugene police officer who was killed April 22 in the line of duty.

Kilcullen’s badge number was 248, Springfield police officer Brian Antonen said.

“Originally, I thought we’d get a few guys together and raise a couple hundred bucks for his family,” Antonen said. “It kind of exploded.”

The ride started in Eugene, stopped in Sweet Home, proceeded on to Sisters and returned to Springfield on Highway 126, where riders had the opportunity to pay their respects at Kilcullen’s roadside memorial.

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