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POLC members seek support for their participation in Police Unity Tour

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: February 21, 2014

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Wayne State University Officers (from left) Collin Rose, Chris Powell and Tory Tederington raised money to ride in the Police Unity Tour. Rose was able to gather $1,500 in donations before scheduling conflicts arose preventing him from participating this year.

Wayne State University Police Officers Chris Powell and Tory Tederington are asking fellow POLC members to support them as they ride their bicycles in the 320-mile Police Unity Tour from New Jersey to Washington D.C. in early May 2014.

Powell is a steward and secretary-treasurer of his local POLC board. He and Tederington are riding as part of the Tour’s Chapter One team. They are riding in honor and remembrance of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, Detroit Police Officers Rodney Jones and Patrick Hill, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and USC Department of Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence. All of the men died in 2013.

Officers can support their effort to raise awareness of fallen officers and raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum in Washington, DC by purchasing tickets to the Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival film screening 7 p.m. April 23, 2014 at Cinema Detroit.

Powell remembers his friend and police academy classmate Jim Bonneau daily. Bonneau, a Jackson Police Officer, died March 9, 2010 from a gunshot wound during a struggle with a man wanted for domestic violence.

“Jim was a great man and I work to honor his memory and the sacrifice he made,” Powell said. “As a training officer, I work to educate fellow officers about fallen officers and participate in safety initiatives aimed at reducing line of duty deaths.”

Last April, Powell and a co-worker traveled to Boston to attend Officer Collier’s memorial service. They also attended the funerals of Trooper Butterfield and Officers Hill and Jones and hope to start a formal honor guard at their department.

The ride begins May 9, 2014 in Florham Park, New Jersey and ends May 12, 2014 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. Each rider is responsible for raising $2,000, which is donated directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to help with the expense of engraving the names of fallen officers on the wall in Washington D. C. Donations are tax deductible.

Those who can not attend the screening, but wish to make a donation are asked to do so prior to April 25 through the FirstGiving website. Donations are also accepted by check or money order. Make payable to “Police Unity Tour” and mail to Wayne State Police Officers Association, Attention: Chris Powell #112, 6050 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202. For more details, visit their Facebook page or the Police Unity Tour website. Contact Powell by email at [email protected] or call (313) 577-6061.

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