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Hundreds of NJ officers embark on annual Police Unity Tour

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Hundreds of New Jersey police officers have embarked on the annual Police Unity Tour bike ride to honor fallen officers.

About 2,500 officers will be riding to Washington, D.C. to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Catie Sherbo says that her mother Donna is riding in the tour this year to honor her husband Dewey Sherbo, a Newark police officer killed in the line of duty in 1997.

VIDEO: Police unity tour begins in Freehold

“Seeing the other police officers…and being here shows me what I could have had and the family that I created since losing [my father],” Catie says.

Newark Police Officer Maria Lebron says that she is riding with her two children, who are also police officers.

“To honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m here for the city of Newark,” she says.

The annual ride has raised millions of dollars for the memorial and other law enforcement causes. 

The ride is especially poignant for two departments who lost officers in the line of duty in just the first four months of this year.

Jersey City Lt. Christopher Robateau died Jan. 5. He was helping at the scene of an accident on the Turnpike when he was hit and killed by a passing car. Paterson Police officer Tamby Yagan was killed in April when his patrol car ran into a parked vehicle.

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