WASHINGTON D.C. - New Providence police officers took part in the four-day Law Enforcement United bicycle tour to Washington D. C. that took place May 9-12, as part of Police Officers Memorial week. Patrolman Joseph DiParisi, Patrolman TJ Hoppe, Patrolman Nicolas Guerriero and Corporal Chad Wilson embarked on the 250+ mile journey from New Jersey to Washington D.C. to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officers.
These officers are members of Law Enforcement United which is a 100 percent volunteer organization comprised of many Law Enforcement Officers from New Jersey and states as far away as Georgia.
The riders nationwide will help to heighten awareness of the dangers and hazards faced by law enforcement officers, honor those who have died in the line of duty. The ride ends with a ceremony and candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial where the families of fallen officers were in attendance.
Corporal Wilson will be honoring Deputy Sheriff Ricky Paul Del Fiorentino of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office CA, Patrolman DiParisi will be honoring Detective Aslyn A. Beckles of the New York City Police Department NY, Officer Guerriero will be honoring Detective I John Scott Stevens of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office NJ and Patrolman Hoppe will be honoring Sergeant Charles Kerry Mitchem of the Loxley Police Department AL.
The New Providence Police officers raised almost $6,000 in order to ride and spent an additional $2,000 of their own funds to purchase bicycles, uniforms and additional items needed for the three day ride.
The funds raised will be used to provide monetary support and awareness for: The Road to Hope Bicycle Ride, Project Active Armor, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), The Officer Down Memorial Page (O.D.M.P.), and Spirit of Blue Foundation.