Kevin Whalen will honor fellow HUD special agent Paul Broxtermanin, who was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing 12 years ago, as he bikes with hundreds of other law enforcement officers 250 miles from Virginia Beach to Washington, D.C., as part of National Police Week activities.
Paul was one of ours and I wanted to make sure he's not forgotten," said Whalen, who dedicated months of training in preparation for this weekend's ride. "I've always been a strong supporter of the National Law Enforcement Memorial so this is something I had to do."
Since 1997, the Police Unity Tour has raised $3.2 million to benefit for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. This year's theme is "We Ride for Those Who Died."
Whalen is also dedicating his ride to Fairfax County Police Officers Vicky Armel and Michael Garbarino who were killed in the line of duty one year ago. In what has become a regular National Police Week event, hundreds of law enforcement officers will make the ride from the Virginia Beach area to Washington, D.C. in memory their fellow officer who died in the line of duty.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund hosts an annual Candlelight Vigil to pay special tribute to those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. Currently there are 17,917 names engraved on the Memorial, representing officers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US territories, and Federal law enforcement and military police agencies.
For more information about this year's Unity Tour, visit www.firstgiving.net/kevwhalen.
For more information on Police Week events in Washington, D.C., visit www.nleomf.org.