Officer's widow plans bike ride to raise awareness

Officer's widow plans bike ride to raise awareness for line-of-duty deaths

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PHOENIX -

Each May thousands of people visit the nation's capital to pay tribute to the men and women who've lost their lives in the line of duty.

This year, one valley wife will honor her husband, a DPS officer who was killed while on the job.

"I fell so honored to ride on behalf of all the fallen officers," says Sharon Knutson-Felix.

Knutson-Felix is paying tribute to her husband Doug Knutson in a very special way. Sharon and Doug got married in 1974 after they met on a bike trip.

Now more than 40 years later, she will ride for him.

"It was real fun back then because we had these big flags on our bicycles and he used to grab my flag and pull me up the hill. That's probably why I fell in love with him."

The couple had three children before Doug Knutson was killed 15 years ago.

He was a DPS officer patrolling the 202. A driver didn't see him and hit him straight on.

Sharon will bike 250 miles from Virginia to DC right onto the Washington mall with a team of 30 from Arizona. They'll ride May 9th through the 12th.

"There will be hundreds of thousands of officers there. I am riding as a survivor but officers are riding to remember their fallen brothers and sisters too."

People from all over the country will remember the thousands who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

A DPS substation has been named in Doug Knutson's honor. It's near 16th Street and I-17. Sharon is also the executive director of the 100 Club in Arizona.


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