On May 9th, 2012 I will join hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the country who will bicycle along varying routes, each over 300 miles to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) in Washington DC.
This year, The Police Unity Tour Inc. Chapter II will have 200 police officers representing various agencies from New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Maine, and New Hampshire. Only two officers from Maine will be participating in the ride, myself and Officer John Bagley of the Rockland Police Department (originally from Madawaska). There are over 1600 Officers who participate in the Ride from around the Country.
Our route will take us from southern New Jersey into Delaware and Maryland and ultimately onto Washington DC., where on May 13th a candlelight vigil will be held at the Memorial. On that night, the names of the officers who have died in the line of duty in 2011 will be read before a crowd of thousands. This year, State of Maine Warden Pilot Daryl Gordon of Eagle Lake, will be added to the wall. Warden Gordon was killed in the line of duty as the result of a plane crash. He had protected the citizens of Maine for over 25 years.
The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness about the police officers that have died in the line of duty. Our motto is, “We Ride For Those Who Died.” The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.
Since its’ inception in 1997, the Police Unity Tour has raised over $7 million to support the NLEOM, with $1.3 million raised during last year’s Tour. To reach our goal each officer riding in the Tour must raise a minimum of $1700. The Tour provides support services including over-night lodgings and food while we ride, however each officer must pay for their own transportation to and from the east coast as well as some meals, his/her jerseys and other miscellaneous expenses.
It is because of the incredible support of my friends, family and colleagues that I am able to participate in the Tour this year and not let the heroes who have died in the line of duty be forgotten. I am asking for your financial support to allow me to ride in the Police Unity Tour. Donations to the Police Unity Tour, Inc. (a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, Tax ID# 20-8960869.) can be made payable to: Luke R Dyer, c/o Police Unity Tour, 51 Main Street, Van Buren, ME 04785 or can be made online at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/lukedyer . It would be helpful if your donation was received before March 1st.
Thank you so very much for your consideration in supporting the Police Unity Tour.
Luke R Dyer, Sergeant
Van Buren Police