Patrolman Roman Puchovsky of the Lexington, KY Police Department on Friday completed a 240 mile bike ride from Chesapeake, VA to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Puchovsky was riding as part of a group known as Law Enforcement United, a volunteer group committed to “honoring officers who have died in the line of duty, and ensuring that their surviving family is supported and not forgotten”, according to their website.
Puchovsky has Massachusetts ties, having been raised in Dudley, Mass. “I decided to ride in honor of Ron Tarentino this year, given my ties to the area” said Puchovsky. Ron Tarentino, Jr., was an Auburn Police Officer and Leicester, Mass. native who was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 22, 2016.
Puchovsky added that he was riding to raise funds for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. COPS supports the needs of survivors of officers killed in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund built and maintains the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The ride coincides with National Police Week which is observed from May 14-20 this year. Puchovsky’s group rode the 240 miles over three days. “We rode 105 miles on Wednesday, 85 miles Thursday, and finish the last 49.5 miles on Friday at the WWII Memorial.” He added, “Each state has a pillar represented there [at the Memorial], and I will go to the Massachusetts pillar when I arrive.