SUMMIT, NJ - Riding from New Jersey to Washington, DC, cyclists from the Summit Police Department are participating in the 2019 Police Unity Tour, an event that began in 1997 in Florham Park and which honors the thousands of law enforcement officers -- and their families -- who have died in the line of duty. In addition to saluting those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the event raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.
Summit Police Department riders received support and donations from Salerno Duane Summit, including the use of Salerno Duane's truck and trailer as a support vehicle. Additional donations were made by the Summit Police Athletic League, The McNany Charitable Foundation, and Summit PBA Local # 55. The riders also hosted several events in conjunction with the Summit PAL, Summit Board of Education and private donors.
May 12 was the official start to 'National Police Week' in the nation's capital, which sees an entire week’s worth of events to honor Law Enforcement.
Eight members of the Summit Police Department are participating, either as a rider or support member, including:
- Sergeant Matt Buntin
- Officer Ryan Stanek
- Officer Keith Kwiatek
- Officer Ruddy Garita
- Officer Lenny Franchino
- Officer Sean Thompson
- Officer Mark DeMetro
- Officer Anthony Pyzik
Summit Police Department members are also riding with Mark Tarentino, brother of deceased Detective Matthew Tarentino of the Summit Police Department. Direct family members of officers who were killed in the line of duty are allowed to participate in the annual event.