The weather was wet, but Police Unity Tour riders from all over the state gathered Wednesday morning and prepared to head out on a four day bike trip to Washington D.C.
18 members of the came together at the Howell Target and their New Jersey brothers in blue to begin the ride which honors their fallen colleagues. The Howell gathering honored Lakewood Police Ptl. Christopher Matlos, Detective Tina Rambo of the Ocean County Prosecutor Office and Patrolman Jason Marles of the Ocean Gate Police.
With several stops along the way, Police Unity Tour riders will spend their first night in Atlantic City, but not to party. After that 91 mile trip, the tour stops in Deleware to honor Sea Isle City Michael P. "Mickey" Cullinane, Sr.
Friday will bring the tour to Annapolis, MD and on Saturday, the ride will end at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which honors officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
Over the years, the tour has raised over $15 million, some of which supports families of fallen officers.
Visit www.facebook.com/MarlboroTownshipPolice.PoliceUnityTour or stick with Patch to track the ride.
Marlboro Police Department Riders:
- Lieutenant Fred Reck
- Sergeant Nicholas Szymanski
- Detective John Bise
- Patrolman Eric Hayes
- Patrolman Gerald Arminio
- Patrolman Thomas Rose
- Patrolman David Ruditsky
- Patrolman Andrew Goldberg
- Patrolman Joshua Layman
- Patrolman David Taglietta
- Patrolman Greg Aronne
- Patrolman Michael Pecoraro
- Patrolman James Caulfield
- Patrolman Jamie Donovan (Motorcycle)
- Dispatcher Paul Lorenz
- Dispatcher Zach Steinfeld