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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Today a community, still mourning, gathered to remember Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Peterson.
 Peterson lost his life last month in an off-duty motorcycle accident.
 He was hit when a driver rolled through a stop sign near crossroads mall.
 KWWL's Jessica Hartman spoke with family and friends who came together today with a message.

More than 400 bikes reved their engines in hopes of making a statement in the community.

"It would be very easy to say, this is all about remembering Tim Peterson and the life that he lived. But its so much more than that. This is the way he died, raising awareness, making sure people are looking out for motorcyclists," said Sheriff Tony Thompson.

 It may have been about more than remembering Petersen's life., but it was that life that brought so many together for the cause.
"The true measure of a man is being able to see those folks that either gravitate to him or the friends he keeps. And as I look out today, there is absolutely no doubt the measure of Tim Peterson," said Sheriff Tony Thompson to the crowd of riders.
Hundreds of riders spread the message through out the county. Riding through La Porte City, Dunkerton, and Cedar Falls before making their way back to Waterloo.
"I want to thank the community for the out poor of generosity and their dedication to Tim," said Doug Larrabee, one of the event organizers.

 Petersen's father says he was humbled to see so many people take part in the ride.
"Its a relief to see a lot of good people out there and after dealing with some of the not so good people during the day and different hours, but their far out numbered by the good," said Steve Petersen, Tim's father and a Black Hawk County Sargent.
After passing through La Porte City, Dunkerton, and Cedar Falls, the ride gathered at the National Cattle Congress to watch the CYHAWK game and bid on some auction items.
  All of the proceeds raised today will be going towards an educational fund for Petersen's five year old son.

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