The Police Unity Tour to Honor Delaware River and Bay Authority Fallen Police Officers
Chapter IX Riders to Pay Respects on May 9, 2012
(New Castle, DE) On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, the Police Unity Tour will travel to the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department to present a wreath to honor the bi-state agency’s fallen officers. Approximately seventy (70) bicyclists will participate in this leg of "Chapter IX Ride" of the Police Unity Tour. The founding members of Chapter IX who are visiting the Authority are comprised of Officers and Civilians from Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The final destination of the tour is the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC.
“Our police department is honored that Chapter IX of the Police Unity Tour has taken the opportunity to recognize two of our officers who died in the line of duty,” said Police Administrator, Col. Joseph Bryant, Jr. “We truly appreciate their support. It’s a great boast for our proud department.”
What: The Police Unity Tour will enter the Delaware Memorial Bridge complex from U.S. Route 9 Northbound. At this point, the Tour will be escorted by S/Cpl. Richard Moudy of the Authority Police Department and other Officers from other Police Departments. The Tour will be escorted through the maintenance area, precede Eastbound through the complex and enter into the Delaware X ramp. From the Delaware X-ramp the Tour will be escorted to the parking lot at the Vincent Julia Building for a moment of silence.
Following the moment of silence, the riders will depart, placing a carnation into a basket located at the police department in respect for our fallen Officers. The Tour will then exit the parking lot to RT-9 Northbound where the riders will spend the night at a local hotel. The next day, following a short visit at the New Castle County Police Department, they will continue on to Washington DC.
Who: The members of the Police Unity Tour will honor the Delaware River and Bay Authority police officers killed in the line of duty. On February 9, 1996, Ptl. Vincent A. Julia was assisting a disabled tractor-trailer on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. A dump truck disregarded the closed lane signals and struck Ptl. Julia’s police car from the rear. The police car was destroyed in the resulting fire. He was 27 years old.
On July 2, 1955, Pfc. Harry Cloud was working on foot in the Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza setting traffic cones for a traffic diversion. Pfc. Cloud was struck by a passing vehicle and killed. He was 30 years old.
When: May 9, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.
Where: Vincent A. Julia Building adjacent to the Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza
Why: In May 1997, Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park, NJ Police Department organized The Police Unity Tour. The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.
That year, the group started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., raising $18,000.00. In 2011, the group’s ranks had swelled to more than 1300 members nationwide who made the trip and the Police Unity Tour officials announced $1.5 million donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Overall, the Police Unity Tour Group has donated nearly $10 million to the Memorial Fund.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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