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Released: 5/10/2012 

More than 675 Bicyclists from Police Unity Tour to Cross Commodore Barry Bridge

Touring Officers to Honor DRPA Cpl. Christopher Milito, Who Died in the Line of Duty

A legion of officers representing the Policy Unity Tour will bicycle across the Commodore Barry Bridge Thursday afternoon to raise awareness about colleagues who have fallen in the line of duty. The riders also will be raising money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.

The touring officers also will lay a wreath on the bridge to honor Delaware River Port Authority Cpl. Christopher Milito, who was struck by a vehicle and killed while investigating an accident on the Walt Whitman Bridge in January 2010. 

  “The Police Unity Tour is a fitting and stirring tribute to law enforcement officers across the United States, across Pennsylvania and New Jersey and here at the Delaware River Port Authority who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others,” said DRPA CEO John J. Matheussen. “We’re proud that they’ve chosen to cross one of our bridges on their way to Washington.”

About 675 officers on bicycles are expected to arrive on the Commodore Barry Bridge at 3 p.m.   Two westbound lanes will be closed for approximately 20 minutes after the bicyclists arrive to accommodate their crossing.

Police Unity Tour bicyclists from across the United States will converge at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon, May 12.  The tour coincides with National Police Week, which started on Monday, May 7 and will end on Wednesday, May 16.

 More information about the tour is available at the Police Unity Tour website, http://policeunitytour.com/, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, http://www.nleomf.org/ .
           


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