Police Unity Tour to Honor Fallen Officers | News
CLARENCE, NY - With every mile, there is a memory of their fallen brothers and sisters in uniform.
"It becomes difficult. Personally I feel it should be difficult because we are doing this to honor those who gave their lives. That's the ultimate," said retired Amherst police officer Kevin Hoffman.
This year will be Hoffman's tenth Police Unity Tour, a nearly 240 mile long bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C.
Trooper Jim Barron will be riding for the first time.
"For me it's pretty simple. I'm riding for 'Dobber' because he would do it for me," said Barron, speaking about Kevin Dobson, a friend and fellow Trooper who was killed in the line of duty in March 2011.
The three day trip ends at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in D.C. where riders will be greeted by surviving family members.
"I feel like I'm doing this trip to Washington, and in a goofy way, I kind of feel like I'm meeting 'Dobber' there," said Barron.
The Western New York team is represented by the New York State Police, Amherst Police Department, SUNY police, and Customs and Border Protection. Participants are raising money for the memorial.