SHOUT OUT: Jersey City’s Police Detectives Benevolent Association will host a benefit “A Walk to Remember” at Liberty State Park tomorrow honoring the 118 police officers killed in the line of duty last year across the United States.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the family of Detective Melvin Santiago, who was shot and killed last July 13 while responding to a holdup.
Contributions to the association’s Fallen Officers Fund will be designated for Santiago’s younger brother, Alex.
The first 1,000 people to register for the walk will receive a wool cap with Santiago’s Badge No. 2650.
The event will begin at noon and kick off from North Cove Field located at the foot of Audrey Zapp Road.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are among the public officials confirmed to attend.
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About the JCPD-DBA: In July 2009, one day before his 38th birthday, Detective Mark DiNardo, a 10 year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department died after being shot in the face in an act of bravery, while confronting two armed robbery suspects (SEE: A fitting farewell). At the time of his passing, Mark left behind 3 children under the age of 5, and his wife, Mary. It was this tragic event, and sudden loss of a Detective, Husband, and Father, that prompted the establishment of the Fallen Officer’s Fund. The purpose of the fund is to put survivor benefits in place for the loved ones of sworn law enforcement officers, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice when bravely serving in the line of duty.
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