The roar of an engine and the smell of exhaust meant more than just a cruise in the summer sun, Thursday morning.
They were symbols of them men and women of the police force who sacrificed their lives for the greater good – officers like Steven Shaw who was killed in 1994 while serving the Providence Police Department.
"Steven was in a house looking for a robber and a guy reached out and shot him in the back of the head," said his father, Bobby Shaw. "He died instantly."
Nearly 20 years after his death, Shaw's son was honored by the Rhode Island State Police for his service.
After his son's death, Shaw joined the Concerns of Police Survivors, a charity that helps the families of officers who died in the line of duty by providing grief counseling and other services.
"We're here for the families […], we let them know if something ever happens, they don't have to worry, we'll be there," said Shaw.
On Thursday morning, supporters and members of the state and local police traveled from State Police headquarters to the steps of the statehouse to raise money for the families.
Harry Herington, head of the charity "Ride 4 Cops" sponsored the fundraiser, and is riding across the country hosting similar events.
"They go through tremendous grief and it's our responsibility and the public's responsibility to look after those families," Herington said.
Herington says he has raised at least a half million dollars nation-wide, 50 thousand of which will go to help New England families with grief counseling and other services.