This year, Cleveland Heights Police Officer Larry Rieck will be riding a bicycle on the four-day, 320-mile 2013 Police Unity Tour (www.policeunitytour.com) from New Jersey to DC, starting on May 9, 2013. He is riding to honor fellow Cleveland Heights Police Officer and dear friend, Tom Patton II, who was killed on March 13, 2010, while attempting to arrest a fleeing criminal.
Riders must raise a minimum of $1,750.00, and new riders are required to submit $500.00 in sponsorships within 30 days of their acceptance into the Police Unity Tour. Officer Rieck is a new rider and must submit $500 by January 10. He says, “I feel so honored to ride for Tom and would greatly appreciate your help so that he is never forgotten. Thank you in advance.”
To sponsor Officer Rieck, go to www.firstgiving.com and search for Larry Rieck. You may also send a check or money order to the Cleveland Heights Police Department, 40 Severance Circle Cleveland Heights Ohio 44118, Attention of Police Chief Robertson; note that your donation is for Officer Rieck’s participation in the 2013 Police Unity Tour. All donations are tax deductible.
Money donated to support riders benefits families of fallen officer and helps pay for the National Police Officers Memorial and Museum. The Police Unity Tour started in May 1997 to raise awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. It began with 18 riders on a four-day, fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ, to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. Nowadays, the ride includes nearly 1600 participants from around the United States.
Mary Dunbar, President, Heights Bicycle Coalition, says, “Officer Rieck loves being a bicycle police officer because it not only enables effective policing of our parks, business districts and neighborhoods but also enables him and the other bicycle police to establish positive relationships with residents, especially children and young adults. The Cleveland Heights bicycle police are a sensational part of bike rodeos in our elementary schools. I wholeheartedly support Larry’s dedication to the memory of Tom Patton II and to the cause of the Police Unity Tour.”
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