Fundraisers for ALS honor GPD Cop

On Saturday there was a successful fundraiser for a cure for “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” (Amyotrophic lateral scleros) in honor of GPD Sergent Roger Petrone who is stricken with ALS. The event, at the Greenwich Girls and Boys Club was organized by the officer’s 8-year old daughter, Sdyney.

Now fundraising begins in the annual “Ride for Roger” bike challenge for the same good cause. Below is a letter from GPD Lieutenant Rick Cochran who makes the lengthy(270 mile)  trek each year.

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Dear Family and Friends;

CODE 1013 is the universal radio distress signal for “officer down”. The Greenwich Police Department has CODE 5000, which means “officer needs assistance. SGT. Roger Petrone of the Greenwich Police Dept. needs our assistance. Greenwich Police Sergeant Roger Petrone, my personal friend, is suffering from ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Patients with ALS live an average of 2-5 years. It’s always fatal – there is no cure!!

Roger was diagnosed just over 3 years ago and I hate to say Roger is fading fast. He is now confined to a wheel chair, has lost all use of his arms and legs, and is incomprehensible when he tries to speak. Roger is only 44 years old with an8-year-old daughter who he can no longer hold. Roger has been a Greenwich Police officer for 18 years.

Roger led a very active life until the symptoms of ALS completely consumed his body. He was a member of the SWAT team, a pilot who flew to Maine on the weekends and he enjoyed riding his Harley and working out. Roger cannot perform his required duties as a police officer anymore and was informed he could no longer work at the Greenwich Police Department serving the community he has come to love.
This July 22nd- July24th I will once again bike 270 miles from Boston to Greenwich for my friend and police partner Roger. This will be the third year that Team Greenwich Police will ride in the “RIDE for ROGER”.

Last year because of caring donors like you I was able to raise over $9,000 that went to Roger, his daughter, and the quest to find a cure for ALS. There will be seven officers from the Greenwich Police Department who will be biking this year in honor of Roger.

I have committed to raising at least $9,000 again this year, and to train my body to cycle 270 miles in 3 days. The course is grueling and the training intense, donating is the easy part. Three hundred riders rode last year. We all ride in honor of Roger. Let’s hope next year’s ride is not in memory of Roger.

Help me reach my goal. Help us find a cure! Every small amount helps and all your support will help me reach my desired goal. Please make your checks payable to: Tri-State Trek and return your donation to me so I can submit them in honor of Sgt. Roger Petrone. If you prefer, you can donate online on my fundraising page: All donations are tax deductable.

Thank you for any donation.