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Racing in Uniform

By Dan Pasquale | May 22, 2017, 6:05 p.m. (ET)

Dan Pasquale

I am proud to say I’ve been a police officer in California for 18 years and spent the prior four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. I work with amazing people and get the chance to help people just like you every day — making my job the best ever! Unfortunately one of the disadvantages of this amazing occupation is that we, officers, risk our lives every day whether we know it or not. Some of our fellow California Peace Officers have made the ultimate sacrifice: they went to work one day and didn't get the chance to come home ever. Their families never got the chance to see them or speak to them again or even say goodbye, and then were forced to live their lives without their spouse, parent or friend. 

That's not only tragic and sad, it's absolutely unacceptable. So I am doing what I can through triathlon to raise money for these families that deserve our love, help and support. I’m racing in honor of all the fallen officers, specifically in California, but also nationwide, to raise money and awareness to help their families who have been devastated by these tragedies.

I was introduced to triathlon as a challenge to myself in 2013. I ran the San Diego International Triathlon, and I’ve been hooked ever since. On May 13, I competed at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa to raise funds for these families in their time of need. I biked the 56 miles on a police-issued mountain bike (27.5" knobby tires and all!) in full police uniform, including my duty gear to honor our fallen brethren. I also ran the 13.1 miles in full police uniform, including long pants, duty gear and everything else my fellow officers wear every day protecting your city. 

It meant a lot to me to race in uniform. It is humbling to be allowed to represent these brave brothers and sisters in this race and future races. Words can't express how humbling and honored it makes you feel.

My racing continues at IRONMAN Santa Rosa this July, but I can't do this alone. I need your help! Please donate to this cause and help these families in their time of desperate need. No one deserves to have their lives turned upside down in such a horrible way like these families had happen to them, but we can help support them in their time of need. Please donate to this cause, which supports the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation. The CPOMF provides immediate support and help to the families of fallen officers right at their time of need and continues to do so for years after. Please help me help these heroes’ families by donating here.

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