MERIDIAN - BOISE - A new fitness studio in Meridian is raising money benefiting the Boise police officers shot in the line of duty earlier this month.
Cyclebar held three cycling classes Thursday in honor of the officers and also is taking donations at the front desk.
“It means so much that people think of him - it's just support, it's the intangible,” Remy Pop, a good friend of one of the officers shot, said.
Pop has known Cpl. Kevin Holtry for years. They met doing crossfit, so he said this event is a great way to show his support for his friend.
“I mean being in a hospital room? He's the most active person in the world and he can't move,” Pop said. “So just seeing people coming out and thinking of him makes all the difference in the world."
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JP Green, the managing partner at Cyclebar, is also friends with Cpl. Holtry. Green said he saw his new cycling studio as a great way to help the officers.
"The response has just been great. We even had people who weren't able to come in and ride because the classes were full, but they've been making donations to the fund, which has been awesome,” he said. “It just shows us how great our community is when we put our mind to it."
Both men said it’s overwhelming seeing so many people come out to support their friend - even though they may not personally know him.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to know that it's not just me because I know him,” Pop said. “Everybody feels connected to this story, so here they are doing whatever they can and putting up with a hell of a workout in the process."
"It feels good to know, as he's there, we're here putting our hearts and minds behind him and really doing everything we can to support him on Thanksgiving," Green said.
"I miss you buddy,” Pop said. “I know you're exceeding your expectations for recovery, but hurry up."
Cyclebar is taking donations benefiting the officers until Nov. 30.
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