The Burbank Police Foundation recently sent two Burbank Police Officers’ Association members to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week, a time period devoted to paying tribute and honoring those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Sgt. Fletcher Stone and Sgt. John Embleton continued the annual tradition this year by representing the Burbank Police Department in Washington, D.C., and visited the memorial wall, where the names of more than 21,000 fallen law enforcement officers are etched in stone.
“The Burbank Police Officers’ Association appreciates and thanks the Burbank Police Foundation’s and Burbank Police Department’s support each year for this meaningful trip,” said officials from the Burbank Police Officers’ Association.
This year will mark the 20-year anniversary of the line-of-duty death of Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka. To honor his legacy, six current and three retired Burbank Police officers traveled back east in early May to ride in the Police Unity Tour, as members of the Southern California Chapter.
The Police Unity Tour is an annual bike ride that begins in various cities along the east coast and concludes at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., to mark the start of National Police Week.
More than 3,300 riders participated from all over the country. Burbank Police riders started their three-day route in Somerset, New Jersey, and rode more than 250 miles through Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland before arriving in the nation’s capital.
The culmination of the tour was when all riders had the honor of pedaling around the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, where the names of more than 23,000 law enforcements officers are inscribed who lost their lives in the line of duty. The Police Unity Tour motto is “We Ride for Those Who Died.”
First published in the June 3 print issue of the Burbank Leader.