GOLDEN, Colo. – The Colorado Dodge Challengers Club and other law enforcement supporters made the annual Blue Line Cruise from Golden to Estes Park on Saturday.
The group of nearly 100 vehicles met at the Colorado State Patrol Academy before departing.
The trip honored fallen Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jaimie Jursevics and men and women in law enforcement.
Each car placed blue tape across their rear windows. One of the vehicles was wrapped with the names of officers who died in the last ten years.
“These guys go out every day and defend us. They support what we’re trying to do, and protect us. And they don’t know if they’ll come home at the end of the day,” Lana Fore said.
The Officer Down Memorial page reports 304 line of duty deaths in Colorado.
“We’re not here to mourn anybody’s death, we’re here to celebrate life,” Travis Baker said.
The 23-year Veteran said he’s unfortunately very familiar with losing loved ones, “We’ve got a lot of negativity in our world today. This right here is positive. You can’t explain it, you have to experience it.”
Trooper Jursevics’s husband, DJ Jursevics, led the ride. A drunk driver hit and killed his wife back in November of 2015. Saturday’s efforts raised money in her name for the CSP Family Foundation.
“That was DJ’s intent from the get-go last year and I just applaud him,” said organizer Christine McClatchey.
DJ played an important role in making the Blue Line Cruise a reality. McClatchey with the CDCC said, “He said, ‘I’m okay.’ He said, ‘I have had a huge outpouring of support and help. When you have that big of a tragedy.’ He said, ‘I really want to do something in Jaimie’s name, to be able to help other troopers.’"
Many who participated said they understand their role in supporting law enforcement officers.
“At least half of the people that are in this parking lot right now are either veterans from police, or veterans from the military,” Baker said.
People attending this event also wanted to show gratitude to the men and women in law enforcement who remain with us.
“Thank you for doing this every day. Thank you for getting up and protecting us, every single day,” Fore said.
Fallen CSP Trooper Cody Donahue's family attended the event. They were presented with a special gift from the CDCC, a flag with Donahue's badge number engraved.