Ride for ‘Smiles’

Ride for ‘Smiles’

An NYPD widow recently announced that she has dedicated her upcoming ride in the Chapter 37 Police Unity Tour to hero Det. Brian Simonsen, his family, friends, and fellow Finest at the 102nd Precinct.

Lisa Tuozzolo, who lost her husband, Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, in the line of duty in 2016, announced her plans on Twitter.

“With honor & pride, I will ride in the Chpt 37 Police Unity Tour 4 NYPD Det Brian Simonsen,” she wrote.

The Police Unity Tour is a four-day fundraising bike ride from Gotham to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., just in time for the start of National Police Week (May 10 – May 16) where Simonsen, affectionately known as “Smiles,” will be honored.

Simonsen, 42, (pictured with his wife Leanne) was shot and killed by friendly fire after responding to a robbery call at a T-Mobile store on 120th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill in February 2019.

Tuozzolo, 43, a single mother of two young boys, completed the New York City Marathon last November in her late husband’s honor.

Photo Courtesy of PUT Chapter 37



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