WASHINGTON – Encouraged by cheers from family and friends, nearly 2,000 police officers biked into the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial in Washington, DC on Monday, ending a nearly 300 mile ride.
Thomas Dupay, a patrolman for the City of Ithaca Police Department, participated in his third “Police Unity Tour” this year. The tour is a 300 mile bike ride, with participants from all across the country.
“I do it to honor my brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Dupay said.
Those fallen officers are commemorated at the memorial, with a wall, covered in the names of the men and women who gave their lives on the job. Part of the mission of the annual unity tour is to raise money to maintain, and expand, the memorial.
“It’s overwhelming,” Dupay said about the experience, “It truly is an honor to ride for those names that are on the wall.”
But Thomas Dupay did not travel alone; he biked with his twin brother, Robert, who is also a patrolman for the same police department.
“It’s an honor,” Robert Dupay said of riding with his brother. “It’s fun. He’s the one who introduced it to me three years ago. I didn’t hear anything about it, until he said something about it, so it’s pretty cool.”
The brothers say participating in the tour means the world to them, and they’re glad to do it not just with each other, but with the rest of their brothers and sisters in blue.
Both Dupay brothers say they plan to ride in the Police Unity Tour again next year.