TERRYVILLE -- The local law enforcement community, loved ones, friends and supporters joined together Saturday to remember the service and life of late Plainville Police Officer Brian Cybulski with a motorcycle memorial and benefit ride to the Terryville Fairgrounds.
Officer Brian, 40, died in a motorcycle crash May 18 in Torrington. He had served as part of the Plainville Police Department for around 15 years. He is survived by his wife Barbi Cybulski and their daughter Paisley Cybulski.
Event organizers said roughly 250 individuals registered for the ride.
“We’re very proud,” said Brian’s mother, Roxanne Cybulski.
“It’s truly amazing,” said Brian’s father, also Brian Cybulski. “A part of us is lost forever but with the family and friends that are here, you can’t ask for anything more. The support is phenomenal and we really appreciate it.”
The late officer’s father continued to say that he and his son had bought their motorcycles together and that Officer Brian was an avid rider. The father said he had considered selling his motorcycle but was amazed by the support the family had received from the motorcycle riding and law enforcement communities.
“Everybody is here. It’s a fact that everybody cares and there are good people in this world,” he said.
Roxanne described Officer Brian as “humble” and not someone who sought attention. She said that seeing the support for her son helped in knowing that those who came truly loved him.
Justin Cybulski, Brian’s brother, said his brother did his best to be everyone’s friend and “they turned out” to the ride. Hundreds could be seen filling the Terryville Fairground, whether motorcyclist, law enforcement member or supporter. He called his brother a great person, the kind who would give someone “the shirt off his back.”
Officer Brian’s father agreed with Roxanne in saying that their son was someone who didn’t want recognition and just wanted to help people. He noted Officer Brian had once saved a girl from a burning car.
Roxanne said despite her son’s accident, he would have loved to see the number of individuals come to the motorcycle ride and would have been “right up front.” Brian’s father said that’s why he drove at the front of the line.
“They’re here for us. They’re here for his family and that’s the biggest part of it,” said Officer Brian’s father.
Officer Brian’s childhood friend Greg Alvey and fellow Plainville Officer Roman Blajerski said they felt the turnout was excellent. Blajerski said he knew of at least four law enforcement agencies represented at the ride.
“He’s like a brother to us,” said Blajerski. “Since (Officer Brian) joined the department in (the mid 2000s), we’ve been very good friends.”
The pair described Officer Brian as a jokester and a loyal friend.
Blajerski also thanked area law enforcement administration for quickly approving permits for the ride to move forward due to last minute complications.