PARSIPPANY — The Police Unity Tour 2018 started at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9 in East Hanover and headed to Washington D.C.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrolman Arthur Ohlsen IV is riding to Washington with members of the Mountain Lakes Police Department and the FBI. Officer Ohlsen is riding in memory of his father, the late Arthur Ohlsen III of the Dover Police Department.
Officer Arthur Ohlsen III was struck and killed by a New Jersey Transit train on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 while responding to reports of a brush fire near the railroad tracks under the South Salem Street overpass.
Officer Ohlsen was directing fire department personnel to the scene when he was struck. He was flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries 45 minutes later.
Officer Ohlsen had served with the Town of Dover Police Department for 18 years, and is survived by his wife and two sons. At the time of his death he was 44 years old.
Members of various police departments, including Patrolman Arthur Ohlsen, come together to pedal in praise of their fallen comrades in the Police Unity Tour. Hundreds of police officers rode their bicycles from New York to Washington, D.C., to remember those whose lives were lost in the line of duty.
Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, F Street between 4th & 5th St, NW, Washington D.C.
There will be the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, National Mall, between 4th and 7th streets, NW, Washington, DC, at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. For additional information click here.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany donated $500.00 to the Parsippany Police Unity Tour to support Patrolman Arthur Ohlsen IV. Each member, rider and support, must raise a minimum of $1950.00 to participate in the Police Unity Tour.
Membership to Police Unity Tour is open to all full or part time law enforcement officers, whether active or retired. Civilians 18 years of age or older, who are employed or affiliated with law enforcement agencies and related organizations or possess specific training or skills required to safely and effectively assist the organization may apply. These requirements include, but are not limited to: dispatchers, first aid personnel, doctors, nurses, lawyers, mechanics (automobile and bicycle) and members of organizations such as the Concerns of Police Survivors, Domestic Violence Response Teams.
In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1, was organized, by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department, with the hope of bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. What started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Has grown into nine Chapters consisting of over 1,800 members nationwide who make the trip annually.
As the original / founding chapter of the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1 is still based in Florham Park where Pat Montuore now serves as the Chief of Police.
Although based in New Jersey they welcome members from all other states as well as other countries. In addition to having members represent over 40 states they had members from Australia, England, Israel, Italy, India and Canada.
They are proud to be part of the many accomplishments of the Police Unity Tour in 2014 they were able to donate over 1.9 Million Dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to nearly 16 Million Dollars.