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Hunterdon County law enforcement, community take part in Police Unity Tour

By July 13, 2017

Region: North America

Topic: Bipartisanship

A number of Hunterdon County law enforcement agencies and members of the community recently participated in the annual Police Unity Tour.

 

The Hunterdon County Chiefs of Police Association, local law enforcement and community partners participates annually in supporting the Police Unity Tour, according to a news release.

 

The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum. For more information, go to policeunitytour.com.

 

The Hunterdon County Police Chiefs Association funds a rental van each year to provide logistical support for nearly 2,500 cyclists on their ride to Washington D.C. for Police Memorial Week.

 

The van has been driven for nearly a decade by Stuart Freedman of Whitehouse Station, who takes on a mission of gathering donations for materials to aid the cyclists in the grueling journey from New Jersey to Washington D.C. each year.

 

Displayed on the van are the names of the 135 Law Enforcement Officers that answered their last call to duty in 2016 in the United States.

 

"When I saw all the names of the Law Enforcement Officers we have lost in 2016, I think of their families, extended families, fellow officers and their communities," Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, said. "You realize how devastating these loses are. We lose one officer the impact affects thousands. We are grateful for their service and sacrifice."

 

Kearns was joined in announcing Hunterdon County's participation in the tour with Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and Readington Township Police Chief Sebastian Donaruma, who is also president of the Hunterdon County Chiefs Association.

 

"Our association is proud to support the Police Unity Tour each year," said Donaruma. "We want to make sure that the families and colleagues of our fallen know they have our support. "We salute Stu and would like to thank all of the Hunterdon PBAs along with QuickChek, Flemington Department Store, Giovannis Pizza, PNC Bank, Chase Bank, and all of the other local businesses who have supported this noble cause."

 

Freedmen, also known as "Stu," has prepared special recognition placards for the Unity Tour to be displayed. After the Unity Tour Stu visits each agency of the fallen officer and presents the placards to them.

 

"Mr. Freedman is a very special person," said Kuczynski. "He is a humble man, wants no recognition. He does his part to make sure those who sacrificed of themselves for others are not forgotten. 2016 was a devastating year for law enforcement with the deaths spiking.

 

"When Stu came to us this year to look for support for the Unity Tour, Hunterdon County showed its support through Stu all the way Washington, D.C. and the National Police Memorial."

 

Freedman received a proclamation from The 200 Club of Hunterdon in May.

 

But where was Stu? He had respectfully decline attending the 200 Club awards ceremony as he was driving that van in the Police Unity Tour and representing Hunterdon County at the National Police Memorial.

 

His proclamation reads:

 

"Stuart Freedman has over the past decade personally involved himself in the Police Unity Tour, which runs from Boston to Washington, D.C. Every year he volunteers to drive the Hunterdon County Police Chiefs Association funded van that displays names and photographs of fallen officers, in their honor, as well as a list of supporting agencies. These names and photos can be seen throughout the week in Washington, D.C. He provides cyclists with refreshments, water and snacks to sustain themselves throughout the grueling ride. He remains as a representative for Hunterdon County at the memorial and continues to do so to this day.

 

Photo: Craig Turpin

Source: NJ Advance media 

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This entry posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 a31 02:22 PM and is filed under Bipartisanship.