Hello Friends, Family and Fellow Police Officers. I am partnering with the Tour de Force Bike Ride - cycling for those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice - and I am raising money to participate in the 2017 Tour de Force Memorial Ride.
My story is this: I am a second generation police officer (and second generation Police Chief for that matter!). In 2015 I became the Chief of Police for the Town of Groton, Connecticut Police Department after having spent over 21 years with the Connecticut State Police.
I have seen the great work of so many in this profession, however, the real story is the everyday sacrifices and stressors that impact our officers. My goal for this ride is to help bring attention to officer wellness, something that is more important now than ever before as we strive to help officers and their families.
Like many others, I have been witness to tremendous sacrifices of brother and sister officers, including seeing officers assaulted, shot and even die in the line of duty. This past year was among the most challenging in recent memory as we saw assaults increase and line of duty deaths of officers rise by over 10%. Those heroes need to be remembered, all against the backdrop of what created this ride: the 71 officers killed on 9/11 and the dozens more who have passed away since then as the direct result of illnesses contracted at Ground Zero.
Over the course of four days in September, the Tour de Force will begin in Boston, cycle through New England, across Long Island and into New York City. This ride will honor and commemorate the ultimate sacrifices of police officers and preserve the memory of those lost on 9/11.
I sincerely appreciate your support for this fundraiser and my goal. Please consider donating by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right. You can give with any major credit card and it only takes 30 seconds.
Thank you for joining with me to support this cause!
Chief L. J. Fusaro
Groton Town Police Department
The TDF continues to remember our brothers and sisters that died that fateful day. In their honor, we have made it our mission to raise funds for families of Police Officers, killed in the line of duty, nationwide.
From the website: The “Tour de Force” was started in 2002 after Det. Robert De Paolis of the NYPD (since retired) decided to ride his bike to honor the fallen police officers that gave their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was then joined by 7 other members of the NYPD and one member of the Bronx District Attorney's Office and along with four volunteer support personnel, they cycled their way from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to Ground Zero, NYC. In 2003, the Tour de Force was incorporated in the state of New York as a nonprofit charity and later gained 501(c)3 status from the IRS.