GEK Sponsors the Police Unity Tour, Southern California Chapter VII
“We Ride for Those Who Died.”
That’s the motto of the Police Unity Tour, a bicycle ride to raise awareness of the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The law firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP (GEK) is proud to announce that we are a sponsor of the 2012 Police Unity Tour, Southern California Chapter VII.
“We are honored to support such a worthwhile cause; it matches perfectly our commitment to fighting for legal justice on behalf of peace officers and to advocate for bicycling safety,” says GEK partner Howard Krepack.
The Tour, with chapters across the country, began in 1997 with only 18 cyclists who raised more than $18,000. Last year more than 1,300 law enforcement officers nationwide participated and raised $1.5 million. Since its inception, the Tour has raised almost $10 million.
More than 1,500 hundred riders and support personnel (officers, retired officers or family of fallen officers) are expected to participate in this year’s ride, each of whom is responsible for raising $1,800, $1,000 of which goes toward maintaining and enhancing the memorial.
The 2012 Police Unity Tour, which begins on May 10, is a 250-mile, three-day ride from Somerset, New Jersey to Washington, D.C., where the riders will meet up with others from chapters across the nation. A candlelight vigil will be held on May 13 at the memorial.
“A lot of hard work and logistics go into each Tour,” says Craig White, a retired Los Angeles Police Officer, Vice President of the Southern California Chapter VII, and a veteran of the ride since 2001. “Not only do we organize the food and lodging, but we also ensure the transportation from Los Angeles to New Jersey of the bicycles as well as the support motorcycles that control traffic for us along the route.
“That being said, all the hard work is worth it. Participating in this ride is a once-in-a- lifetime experience that I look forward to again and again. It changes you in ways that you could have never imagined. As we roll through towns and cities we have a great time. Always in the forefront of our minds, however, is that no officer will be forgotten. By the time we make it to Washington, D.C., and the candlelight vigil, there’s not a dry eye among us. It’s a very moving and inspiring thing to behold.”
The reverence felt for the Police Unity Tour was evident during the recent Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) convention. “Many officers who visited our booth at PORAC had either participated in the tour previously or knew a fellow officer who had, and they all spoke so enthusiastically about the cause and the experience,” explains GEK partner Adam Dombchik. “We are so proud to be able to be involved with the Southern California Chapter this year. It enables us to give back to those who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety, and to help honor those who gave their lives protecting us. There is no greater sacrifice.”