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Tractor Drive Pays Tribute to Fallen Officers


Published: Friday, May 13, 2022

Nappanee Power from the Past will hold a special tractor drive this month to honor local police and raise money for the families of fallen officers.

The "Red Loves the Blue" Tractor Drive, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 21 in Nappanee, will feature all brands of tractors coming together to raise money for Indiana Fallen Heroes. In order to drive, tractors owners are asked to contribute to the Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation, an Indiana-based non-profit that provides support for surviving family members of Indiana police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. One hundred percent of the funds stay in Indiana and go to the families of fallen heroes; there are no administrative costs.

The tractor drive will begin and end at the Nappanee Power from the Past show grounds, located at 675 N. Arnott St.

"We will be escorted by law enforcement," said Rob Meyers, president of the Power from the Past group. "Our police officers put on a bullet proof vest (rain or shine) every day and risk their lives for us. So, the drive will take place rain or shine. Surely, we can put on a raincoat for a couple hours if need be."

Drivers will be required to maintain a minimum speed of 10 mph, and no fender riders will be allowed. The route will be north to Wakarusa and back again, an 18-mile round trip. It will culminate by driving through the center of downtown Nappanee.

"By driving with us, you will be showing solidarity with not only local police, but law officers all across Indiana," Meyers said. "Remember, great things don't happen by accident. On May 21, we will have a chance to do a great thing.

"If you don't have a tractor to drive, you can still show support in many ways. Load up your tractor and ride with us. Come out and donate to a worthy cause and let the officers in attendance know they are appreciated. You can also ride along on the tram or come out to either uptown Wakarusa or Nappanee and line the route to show your support."

The tractor drive should go through Wakarusa at around 10:30 a.m. and through Nappanee at 11:30.

To donate, go to www.indianafallen.org. For more information about the tractor drive, call or text Meyers at 574/354-7244 or email him at legonutt@yahoo.com.

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