Officers biking to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC as part of the 2014 Police Unity Tour memorial ride will have the support of a new trailer purchased by Manchester PBA 246.
The trailer will accompany Manchester’s riders as they take a four-day journey to the memorial in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“The tour just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. We wanted to have something visible that represents why we participate in the ride, which is why the trailer was an important purchase for the PBA,” said Patrolman Arthur Cronk, Manchester PBA 246 Delegate who also serves as Delegate to the Unity Tour’s newly-formed Chapter X representing Central New Jersey.
Founded in 1997, the Police Unity Tour has raised awareness and millions of dollars in funding for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. Manchester Township Police Officers have been participating for the past nine years. They ride in honor of Officer Robert Tobias, who was killed while conducting a traffic stop along Route 70 in 1975.
This year, five Manchester Township Police riders will make the journey along with Cronk to Washington DC: Chief Brian Klimakowski, Sgt. Michael Leming, Detective Chris Hemhauser, Patrolmen Michael Anderson and Patrolman Anthony Iliadis. Patrolman Kyle Rickvalsky will provide motor vehicle support for the riders and tow the PBA trailer.
The Officers will depart on the morning of May 9 and arrive at the memorial on May 12, a day before the candlelight vigil honoring fallen Officers is held.
Each rider from the Manchester Township Police must raise $1,800 in order to make the journey. Anyone who would like to make a donation in support of the Manchester Township Police’s Unity Tour effort can send a check to:
Police Unity Tour Chapter X
PO Box 707
Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742
If sponsoring a specific rider, please make a notation on the check. Cash cannot be accepted and donations must be received by April 15.
Manchester Township’s Unity Tour riders are grateful to the many individual and corporate sponsors for their continued support which allows Officers to honor the memory of those lost in the line of duty.