Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Funds for the Fallen fundraiser planned Local officer to participate in Police Unity Tour

Rockland, Maine - Next month Rockland Police Officer John Bagley will represent his community and the state of Maine in the Police Unity Tour. On Thursday, April 13, the Funds for the Fallen fundraiser will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Trackside Station, located at 4 Union St., to help Officer Bagley raise money to be able to participate in the tour, which honors officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

The evening will feature a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and music by DJ Wallace. Trackside Station also will donate $1 from every draft beer sold during the event in a “Hops for Cops” beer special.

The Police Unity Tour takes place from May 9 to 12, and Bagley, along with five other officers from Maine, will trek on bicycle from Southern New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington D.C. The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. This is Bagley’s seventh time participating in the tour.

“Every year I look forward to honoring the fallen officers so that their families know that they'll never be forgotten,” Bagley said. He has been with the Rockland department for 17 years. “I will ride a bicycle during this trip ending at the memorial with the hope of bringing public awareness of over 18,000 police pfficers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. It is a privilege to ‘Ride for those who died’.”

Thursday’s event will help Bagley raise the $1,850 minimum to participate in the tour. The money raised goes to the National Law enforcement Officer’s Memorial and a small portion goes to the operating costs of the tour itself.

“The biggest fear that the families of the fallen officers have is that after the parade and funeral that their loved one will be forgotten,” Bagley said. “Doing the Unity Tour and raising money for the Law Enforcement memorial in DC ensures that they will never be forgotten. The memorial is 100 percent privately funded and its main fundraiser is the Police Unity Tour.” Last year more than $2 million was raised.

Thursday’s event at Trackside will feature a variety of silent auction items up for bid which have been generously donated by local companies including: Hampton Inn & Suites, Rockland Harbor Hotel, Eastern Tire, Laugh Loud Smile Big, Mount Battie Car Wash, Rodan + Fields Consultant Jennifer Michaud, 150 Main Salon, Rockport Landscape & Design, Hannaford, The Pearl, massage therapist BJ Commeau, Little Bee Impressions, Schooner Olad, Aria Designs, Genuine Auto, Bean’s Maine Lobster, The Courier-Gazette, Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery, Farnsworth Art Museum, Knight Marine, New Leaf Construction, Maine Lobster Festival, Side Country Sports, The Club at the Samoset Resort, and Jonathan Frost Gallery. To make a donation to the event, contact Erin Bagley at 975-3388 or Jennifer Michaud at 975-5746.

For dinner reservations for groups of six or more, contact Trackside at 594-7500.

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