Millville was a stop on Tuesday for the 2017 Police Unity Tour. Joseph P. Smith/Staff Writer
MILLVILLE - Police officers from across South Jersey pedaled nearly 80 miles on Tuesday on day one of the 2017 Police Unity Tour, passing through Millville on the last leg of their trek.
Shortly before 3 p.m., 100 riders turned onto South High Street for their second-to-last stop of the day at Millville’s police station. This is the fifth year that a “Team MPD” has mounted up for the tour, which culminates in Washington, D.C.
This year’s Team MPD consists of three riders, Capt. Harrison Cranmer and Officers Sean Guy and Shawn Scott, and a support vehicle driver, retired Officer Susan Hermann.
“Weather’s cooperating today,” Cranmer said. “Fortunately, it’s sunny. Temperature’s pretty nice. So far, we’ve got 60 some miles in and we want to finish off with another 14, 15 miles for the day. Just like to thank everyone who supports us and all our sponsors. It wouldn’t be possible without everyone.”
After a quick stop, riders were off south on Route 47, then onto Schooner Landing Road and then north on Route 55 for a ceremony at the site of an accident that killed New Jersey State Trooper Frankie Williams last year.
Each participant, vehicle drivers included, needs to raise $1,800 for the tour.
Guy said Team MPD has about 20 sponsors for 2017.
“Our biggest sponsor is almost three grand,” Guy said. “Just anything helps, so we get what we can get.”
“This year, we didn’t have a whole lot of difficulty,” Cranmer said. “Fortunately, Glasstown Brewery put on a 4 by 4 jamboree that raised a substantial amount of money for us. We do very well through that. We had a lot of sponsors step up to the plate.”
Other local sponsors include Jim’s Lunch, Bryan Page Masonry, Tomlin Brothers, Gullo’s hair styling salon, Lynn’s Hometown Deli, BJ Roasters, ShopRite, Peter Lumber, DePalma Realty, attorney Brock D. Russell, J.G. Akerboom Nurseries, CWA Local 1040, The Baer Family, Millville Senior High cafeteria staff, Bowman Home Medical, Cumberland County Detectives, Sidelines Sports Bar, and Mints Insurance Agency.
Team MPD ordered a 2017 tour shirt listing its sponsors. The front of the shirt has a stylized bicycle logo with the numerals “113” within one wheel. The “113” is the badge number of Millville Officer Christopher Reeves, who was killed on duty in 2012. Millville joined the unity tour the same year in his memory.
"I'm excited," Hermann said. "It's something I have to do. He (Reeves) was a great friend."
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