Law Enforcement United team departs for journey to honor fallen officers (VIDEO)

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Laura Stetser/From left are team members Paul Weldon, Jeffrey Lancaster, Anthony Meredino, Stacey Williams, Rebecca Roth, David Heritage, Charles and Elaine Super and Egg Harbor Township Chief Michael Morris. In front are David Comer and Eric Cooms. Laura Stetser/From left are team members Paul Weldon, Jeffrey Lancaster, Anthony Meredino, Stacey Williams, Rebecca Roth, David Heritage, Charles and Elaine Super and Egg Harbor Township Chief Michael Morris. In front are David Comer and Eric Cooms.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – With a moment of silence and thoughts of gratitude for the fallen officers they will honor as the participate in the annual bike ride this week, the members of Law Enforcement United-Team New Jersey were sent on their way from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department on Thursday, May 15.

The 14-member team, called Law Enforcement United - Team New Jersey, will drive to Chesapeake, Va., which is the starting point of their bicycle ride into Washington, D.C.

Law Enforcement United consists of federal, state and local law enforcement officers, survivors and civilian support staff whose mission is to raise public awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and provide monetary support for Concerns of Police Survivors and the Officer Down memorial page.

They raise money through sponsorships and fundraisers to fund their participation. The team raised more than $18,000 towards this year’s ride and more than $58,500, during the past 3 years, according to Officer Paul Weldon, one of the participants.

“The Road to Hope” will cover 250 miles, over a 3-day period.  Riders will leave Chesapeake, Va. on Saturday, May 10 and continue through Virginia’s hilly terrain, while crossing through several of its largest cities including Williamsburg, Richmond, Fredricksburg and Alexandria. The ride will conclude Monday, May 12 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Members of Law Enforcement United - Team New Jersey are Inspector David Comer of U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office, Officer Eric Coombs of the Lower Township Police Department, Detective Rebecca Roth of the Ocean County Department of Corrections, Officers Patrick Daly, Officers David Heritage, Jeffery Lancaster and Paul Weldon, Ret. Detective Anthony Merendino, Sgt. Charles Super, Elaine Super, Ret. Capt. Larry Szapor, all of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, and Lt. Matthew Hartman, Officer Vaughn Howze and Sgt. Stacey Williams, all of the Pleasantville Police Department.

Rev. David Schumacher of the Zion United Methodist Church was on hand to bless the team’s travels as well as the reason behind it. “We pray for all of the family that are missing loved ones that they know there are so many who support them throughout this country,” he said.

While in Washington, the team will participate in National Police Week 2014 that begins Sunday, May 11 through Saturday, May 17.

Egg Harbor Township Police Chief Michael Morris thanked the members for sacrificing their personal time to honor the fallen officers. “As a past rider, I know it is a tremendous experience,” he said.

Members of Law Enforcement United – Team New Jersey will also be attending the annual candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C .on Tuesday, May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.  For more information on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and the candlelight vigil, you can go to www.nleomf.com.  Those that are interested, can register on the site and watch a live web-cast of the candlelight vigil.

Laura Stetser/The Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Band plays “Amazing Grace” during a moment of silence for fallen police officers. Laura Stetser/The Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Band plays “Amazing Grace” during a moment of silence for fallen police officers. Laura Stetser/ Rev. David Schumacher of the Zion United Methodist Church blesses the team before they depart on Thursday, May 8. Laura Stetser/ Rev. David Schumacher of the Zion United Methodist Church blesses the team before they depart on Thursday, May 8.


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