Glendale Police Department Participates in the Police Unity Tour
Ride for Those Who Died
Tahnee Lightfoot, Media Relations
On May 9th – 12th, over 2,000 law enforcement personnel from across the nation will participate in a bicycle tour to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., to raise funds and awareness for our fallen peace officers. The Glendale Police Department will be participating for the 18th year and riding in the New York Chapter 37 of the Police Unity Tour. The Glendale team, consisting of twelve riders, will be escorted by four Glendale motor officers as they arrive to Washington D.C. on May 12th.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary since Glendale's last line of duty death. In May 1997, Investigator Charles Lazzaretto was killed in the line of duty and his name was engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall the following year. The Glendale team will be riding in his memory and that of his father, Andy Lazzaretto, who sadly passed away last year. The Lazzaretto family will have two members riding to Washington DC: Dominic Lazzaretto and Andrew Lazzaretto, a police officer with the Glendale Police Department.
The Glendale team was successful in raising enough funds to cover travel and lodging expenses as a result of the generous donations from family, friends and the community.
Chapter 37 was started by Port Authority police officers in 2002 and named in honor of the 37 Port Authority Police Department officers who were killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. Although designated the New York Chapter, the membership of active and retired law enforcement officers also includes police departments from California, New Jersey and New Hampshire. The chapter is also known as the 9/11/01 Memorial Chapter. The original Chapter 37 members are represented by members of the Port Authority NewYork/NewJersey, Huntington Beach-California, Glendale-California, Nassau County and the New York City Police Departments. A pledge was made by the original members that Chapter 37 will always start the tour at the World Trade Center to honor, respect, and remember the 72 officers who lost their lives September 11, 2001. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
In May 1997, the Police Unity Tour was organized by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department, with the hope of bringing public awareness of police officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. The Police Unity Tour started with 18 riders on a four day fundraising bicycle ride from Florham Park, New Jersey, to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., which raised $18,000.00.
Today, the Police Unity Tour has over 2,000 Law Enforcement Officers that “Ride for Those Who Died” and it is the largest donor to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). In 2016, the tour donated $2.5 million dollars to the NLEOMF.
The Glendale Police Unity Tour Team
- Police Custody Supervisor Terry Kloepfer
- Officer Andrew Lazzaretto
- Officer Will Estrada
- Agent Javier Michel
- Agent Sue Shine
- Detective Pete Robinson
- Sergeant Ernie Gaxiola
- Sergeant Robert William
- Officer Jude Bella (LAPD)
- York Tsuruta (Retired GPD Sgt.)
- Mike Richardson (Retired GFD)
- Dominic Lazzaretto
Glendale Police Motor Officers
- Jose Arriaga
- Bryan Duncan
- Ed Malouf
- Roman Fernandez
At the conclusion of the tour, a Candlelight Vigil will be held on May 13th at the Memorial in Washington D.C., where Law Enforcement Officers who died in the line of duty during 2017 will be recognized. The Memorial contains the names of over 20,000 fallen heroes.