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Manhattan Beach Police To Ride in Honor of Swanson

Mar 28, 2024 09:32PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

The MBPD team participating in the fundraising ride. Photo via MBPD.

Four Manhattan Beach Police officers are raising funds to join the Police Unity Tour Challenge Ride in honor of fallen MBPD Officer Chad Swanson

The Police Unity Tour Challenge Ride is a three-day, nearly 300-mile fundraising ride of nearly 450 law enforcement officers representing police agencies from throughout the United States. The Police Unity Tour aims to raise awareness about the police officers that have died in the line of duty with the motto of “We Ride For Those Who Died.”  The tour also raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

MBPD Chief Rachel Johnson, Sgt. Taylor Klosowski, and Officers Kyle McCammon and David Gibbons will be participating. A donation link is available here.

The riders will leave from Somerset, New Jersey and travel through Philadelphia, Delaware, Baltimore, and ultimately into Washington, DC.  

On May 12, they will join nearly 2,500 law enforcement officers from throughout the country who will bicycle along varying routes, each nearly 300 miles, to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.  

The experience will culminate on May 13, when more than 50,000 people will gather at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil. During the ceremony, the names of every officer who died in the line of duty during 2023 will be read and his/her name officially added to the memorial, which already contains the names of more than 23,410 fallen heroes.

Each member must raise approximately $2,100 in order to participate in the tour. Of that amount, the Police Unity Tour will donate $1,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the remaining $1,100 will cover support services, ground transportation, overnight lodging, and food for the ride.

Since its inception in 1997, the Police Unity Tour has raised more than $34 million to support the memorial. Donations to the Police Unity Tour are tax deductible.

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