WESTFIELD, NJ – Members of the Westfield Police Department were among hundreds from police agencies throughout New Jersey to take part in the Police Unity Tour earlier this month.
Participants biked from Florham Park to Washington, DC, where they joined with police from across the country to pay tribute to the slain officers and the families left behind and raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.
Sergeant Thomas Ostrander, Officer William Kleeman and Officer Elizabeth Savnik each raised $1,850.
“Start each day with a grateful heart, no matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for life,” Savnik, who works with Westfield students in her role as the school resource officer, said. “Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. The tour gives you a powerful understanding of gratitude. It is rewarding to support our law enforcement family and remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The feeling that can describe this entire week from start to finish is ‘uplifting.’ We all immensely look forward to this week each and every year, May 9 through May 12.”
The Police Unity Tour was organized by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department in May of 1997. Since then, the annual event has raised over $20 million. Last year the police cyclists raised $2.5 million.