COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through Southern Colorado Sunday to honor fallen officer Matthew Tyner, as part of the annual Pikes Peak Fallen Officers Memorial Ride.
Tyner died in a motorcycle crash in July of 2012 while conducting traffic enforcement. Danny Leiweke, who participated in Sunday's ride, saw the accident in July.
"It got me in the heart," he said. "It was a tough thing to see."
After what he witnessed, Leiweke said he needed to honor Tyner.
"He rode his bike protecting and serving us," he said.
Also honoring Tyner were friends and colleagues.
"Those of us who knew him, and his family, and those closest to him really miss him," CSPD Lt. Jeff Jensen said.
The bikers met outside Cowboys Night Club on N. Tejon Street. Inside, Tyner's family received a plaque from the event's organizers as a token of their appreciation for him. And everyone else took away a lesson.
"Remember his motto," one of the speakers said. "Don't be afraid to die. Be afraid of not living. Matt certainly lived his life to the fullest."
But there's another lesson Leiweke said everyone needs to learn, and it's to be careful out on the road.
"It takes three seconds to look twice," he said. "But it takes a whole lifetime to get over hitting somebody on a bike."
Proceeds from Sunday's event will go toward an emergency fund to support families of future fallen officers killed in the line of duty and to put up a memorial at the site of Tyner's death.