Join the Hopatcong Police and help support the Hopatcong Police Unity Tour through this fund raiser at Patrick’s Pub in Hopatcong.
Patrick’s Pub is once again supporting the Hopatcong Police Department riders fundraising effort for 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. This year the Hopatcong Police will be riding in honor of Lt. Robert Cirri Port Authority Police Department who was killed September 11. 2001. From May 9th - May 12th we will ride on bicycles from East Hanover. NJ Io Washington D.C.
- SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018 From 1PM -5PM
- Patrick’s Pub
- 470 River Styx Road.
- Hopatcong. NJ 07843
- $40.00 Admission presale $45.00 At the door day of
- One Free Drink with Entry
- $2.50 Domestic Drafts And $4.00 For House Wine Appetizer Buffet Food Selection
More About the Police Unity Tour:
On May 9, 2018 six Hopatcong Police Officers, including Sergeant James Bianculli, Officer Daniel Kern, Officer Vincent Fullman, Officer Anthony Cirri, Officer Giancarlo Bruzzese, and Lieutenant Meghan McCluskey, will begin a four day bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to Washington, D.C. The bicycle ride that these officers are participating in is called the Police Unity Tour.
The Police Unity Tour began in 1997 when 18 police officers went on a four day fundraising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. This ride began with the hope of bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. The ride has grown to nearly 2500 members nationwide who make this trip. The riders come from 40 different states as well as Australia, England, Israel, Italy, India and Canada. Last year alone the Police Unity Tour was able to donate 2.6 million dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund bringing their total donations to almost 23 million dollars.
This year the six of us will be riding in memory of an Officer who was killed during the 9/11 Terror Attacks. This ride hits close to home for us since we will be riding for Lieutenant Robert Cirri Sr, the father of Officer Anthony Cirri of the Hopatcong Police Department. Lieutenant Robert Cirri Senior, from the Port Authority Police Department, was in training at the Jersey City Port Authority headquarters, the morning of the terror attacks, and immediately responded to the towers once the attack began. Lieutenant Robert Cirri Senior’s body was later recovered on 2/11/2002 in a spot that had once been the lobby of the north tower, the second tower to fall that morning.
Last year was my first year riding in the Police Unity Tour. During that four day ride I met friends, family members and co-workers of officers who died in the line of duty. They shared with me their memories of the person they lost so tragically. On day four we all road into the memorial, where every officer’s name who died in the line of duty is engraved. As we road in the loved ones of those officers killed were there to greet us, cheering us on. I saw the tears of the wives, husbands, mothers, fathers and children of the fallen. I saw pictures that children drew for their fathers and their mothers that they had lost. I saw a little girl holding up a poster that she was putting on the wall for her daddy “I learned to ride my bike this year, daddy”. I teared up as the line of survivors never seemed to end. I will never forget that day and I will never forget the Police Unity Tour motto, “ We Ride for those who Died”.
On 3/31/18 we will be hosting a fundraiser at Patrick’s Pub in Hopatcong from 1pm-5pm to raise money for the Police Unity Tour. Each officer participating in the ride is obligated to raise $1950 to ride. Please come out that day and support the surviving families of these fallen officers.