1/25/20 - On Friday, January 24, 2020, "Tour de Force" organizers came to the SOA office to present a check to Jean Reichardt, widow of fallen SCPD Sergeant Dennis Reichardt. Joining in the presentation were members of the SOA Board, Assistant Chief of Patrol, Robert Oswald and members of the Emergency Service Section.
The Tour de Force was started in 2002 after NYPD Det. Robert De Paolis (ret) decided to ride his bike to honor the fallen police officers that gave their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was then joined by 7 other members of the NYPD and one member of the Bronx District Attorney's Office and along with four volunteer support personnel, they cycled their way from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to Ground Zero, NYC.
From its humble beginnings, the TDF has evolved into an annual four day event to continue to remember our brothers and sisters that died that fateful day. In their honor, they have made it their mission to raise funds for families of Law Enforcement Officers nationwide who are killed in the line of duty each year.
Each September, law enforcement officers from around the country and abroad depart on bicycles and journey approximately 270 miles along the east coast to support this cause. Each and every rider participates in raising funds to support what we all believe is a wonderful and very worthwhile endeavor. This past year, participants bicycled from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to Fenway Park in Boston.