Linden will have 11 Officers participating this year’s Unity Tour event on May 9, 2017, and for the first time Linden has been designated as an official stop. Over 2000 riders will attend a ceremony at the WTC where Ofc. Padilla, Inv. Hammer, Inv. Kahana, and Ofc. Guzman will be awarded the medal of Valor by Chapter 37 of the Police Unity Tour. It is the first time the award will be given, and because it involves a terroristic incident it is particularly meaningful to the members of Chapter 37, which was started by Port Authority Police Officers in 2002 in honor of the 37 PAPD Officers killed at the WTC on September 11th.
As the riders arrive in Linden they will ceremoniously travel down Wood Ave. The four Officers will again be presented the award in front of their family, friends, and coworkers during a ceremony featuring the LHS marching Band, ROTC and Madrigals singing group. A number of dignitaries are expected to attend, including Congressman Donald Payne.