FAIRFIELD, NJ - On May 12, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Officer Frank Tracey of the Fairfield Police Department pedaled past the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, DC, becoming the first Fairfield police officer to ever participate in the Police Unity Tour in its nineteen year history—successfully completing the approximate 250-mile trip. Officer Ian Rasmussen was also scheduled to participate. Unfortunately, due to a last minute injury, a day prior to the start of the event, he was unable to take part.
“Our entire department is extremely proud of Frank and this accomplishment. His dedication to the law enforcement profession, coupled with his tenacity, most assuredly helped him through this most difficult test of mind and body,” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “His actions have already motivated other officers in the department to begin thinking about participating in next year’s 20th anniversary of the Police Unity Tour.”
It was reported by officials of the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial that this year’s Police Unity Tour raised approximately $1,997,000. To date, the Unity Tour has donated over $16 million dollars to the Memorial Fund.
The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank all those who contributed to this cause including the Fairfield Knights of Columbus, which donated two checks, for $200.00 each, to help defray the costs of participating in the event.
“The Knights of Columbus has always been a strong supporter of law enforcement, especially here in Fairfield,” said Manna. “I greatly appreciate their generous donation.”
The motto of the Police Unity Tour is “We ride for those who died.” As such, the members of the Fairfield Police Department express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the 117 law enforcement officers across the nation who were killed in the line of duty in 2014.