This September, I will be participating in my 11th Tour de Force Memorial Bicycle Ride to honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks and to raise funds to benefit the families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty each year. This year’s ride includes four incredible days of cycling starting at Yankee Stadium in New York and finishing at Fenway Park in Boston, honoring the ultimate sacrifices of law enforcement officers and preserving the memory of those lost on 9/11.
The “Tour de Force” was started in 2002 after NYPD Det. Robert DePaolis (ret.) 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. From its humble beginnings, the TDF has evolved into an annual four-day event in which we continue 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 Law Enforcement Officers nationwide who are killed in the line of duty each year.
Any donation made would be graciously accepted.The Tour has donated over $2 million total to close to 600 fallen officers’ families over the years, with about $560,000 raised last year alone.
Let us never forget!!!