Two of West Deptford’s finest are preparing to honor their fallen comrades with a bike tour from New Jersey to the nation's captial—and you can help them reach their goals.
With more than 200 participants in South and Central Jersey alone, the Police Unity Tour, “the ride for those who died,” raises awareness of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. But the ride is only one component—participants also raise money for the cause, leading up to the tour in May.
As West Deptford Police Department’s Investigator John Craig and Det. Cpl. Rich Henry prepare for their first tour, they’re also planning fundraising events.
The latest is the Police Unity Tour Kilt Run, a 5K race and fun walk 9 a.m. Sunday at RiverWinds. Participants, who are encoruaged to wear kilts, can register in advance with a $25 donation for the 5K and a $15 donation for the fun walk. Day-of registration is also available, starting at 7 a.m., with a $35 donation for the race and a $20 donation for the walk. Those who wish to register in advance can do so online through 9 a.m. Saturday.
Each Policy Unity Tour rider and support personnel must raise at least $1,700, which is donated to the National Law Enforcement Fund, Craig explains. The money helps raise awareness and maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial and museum in Washington, DC.
“We just wanted to be a part of it,” says Craig. “It’s a great way to get out there and help the cause.”
A number of participants from the Police Unity Tour's South Jersey chapter—Chapter II—will host another fundraiser in the lead up to the ride. Chapter II, which includes law enforcement from Woodbury, Deptford, the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Township, will present a comedy night fundraiser with Jimmy “Roundboy” Graham from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, March 22 at Masso’s Catering in Williamstown. Tickets for the event are $30 per person.
For the members of Chapter II, the three-day bike tour will start in Howell Township and finish at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.
For additional information on any of the fundraisers, T-shirts or tickets, contact Craig at 853-4599 ext. 170 or Henry at 853-4599 ext. 162.