NJ.com’s Julie Kayzerman Covers Jersey City’s Walk to Remember
Julie Kayzerman covers the Walk to Remember organized by the Jersey City Police Department DBA. To learn more about the event or read the article, go to http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/jersey_city_walk_to_remember_to_take_place_on_satu.html
The Jersey City Police Department Detective Benevolent Association will honor the country’s 118 fallen officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2014 during its “Walk to Remember” at Liberty State Park on Saturday.
“I think we have in recent weeks been unjustly demonized by protesters,” said Det. Ed Dolan, president of the DBA and organizer of the event. “I think what we need to do is get the awareness out of the number of officers that were killed in the line of duty. We owe it to their family, to the department to know that these officers are never forgotten for the sacrifices they made.”
The 5K walk will set out from the foot of Audrey Zapp Road at North Cove Field at noon. It will go West around the Christopher Columbus statue and head to the public walkway towards the southern end of the park. It will then do a turnaround to end where it began, according to Dolan.
Registration is free and begins at 10:30 a.m., however pre-registration can be done online at www.jcpddba.com.
All proceeds of the event will benefit the family of Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Santiago, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 13.
The first 1,000 people to register for the walk will receive a wool cap with the Badge No. 2650 — the badge number of Santiago.
“In the United States of America, the police are the ground forces for peace and justice and any ambush or execution of a law officer, whether it be in Jersey City like Officer Santiago, in Pennsylvania with the tragic loss of State Trooper (Bryon) Dickson, or in New York City with officers (Wenjian) Liu and (Rafael) Ramos, the targeting of police officers while in uniform is unacceptable,” Dolan said.
Donations will be accepted for the DBA Fallen Officer’s Fund, which raises money for the loved ones of officers killed in the line of duty.
Funds raised from the event will be set aside to benefit Santiago’s younger brother, Alex, according to Dolan.
“Of the 118 heroes, some we knew, others we never met, but on Jan. 17 we will honor all,” Dolan said.