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Area Police On Unity Tour Mourn Death Of Roxbury PD Lt. Joe Franklin

Cyclists in the Police Unity Tour Cyclists in the Police Unity Tour
Cyclists in the Police Unity Tour Photo Credit: Facebook
Retired Roxbury Police Lt. Joe Franklin Retired Roxbury Police Lt. Joe Franklin
Retired Roxbury Police Lt. Joe Franklin Photo Credit: Facebook/Team Lyndhurst Ian Matthews

Retired Roxbury Police Lt. Joe Franklin died from injuries suffered while participating in the nationwide 2016 Police Unity Tour on Wednesday, May 11, according to multiple media reports.

Franklin died in an accident with other bicycles in the first leg of the tour; no cars were involved, according to reports.

The death brought an outcry of sympathy from police Unity Tour participants throughout New Jersey and New York, including Lyndhurst, Ramapo, Wayne.

Franklin's organs were donated, in accordance with his wishes, in a final act of community service.

The Police Unity Tour is a 320-mile bike ride to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. It's also a fundraiser for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.

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