If you’re one of Joe Ravalese’s customers at the Country Diner in Enfield, he’ll remember how you like your eggs for breakfast.
But, this weekend, he will remember something that goes far beyond that culinary track -- all the police, fire and emergency response personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.
As a retired Enfield Police Officer, Ravalese is teaming up with TSI Harley Davidson Buell, the Law Offices of Trantolo & Trantolo and The Pleasantview Café & Golf Course to organize the “The Country Diner Police, Fire & EMS Appreciation Day” on Oct. 3.
The event kicks off at 1 p.m. sharp and motorcycles will rev up their engines for a 25-mile police escorted motorcycle ride to honor all who have died in the line of duty.
The ride will take off at TSI Harley Davidson on Rt. 83 in Ellington, and end at the Pleasantview Café & Golf Center on Route 83 in Somers.
In the meantime, guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet catered by the Country Diner, while enjoying the live entertainment of The Savage Brothers and Higher Ground.
A memorial tribute will then take place at 4 p.m., honoring all the fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This memorial will feature many representatives from the Silver Shield, the Enfield Police Honor Guard, and members of the Floral Park (NY) Fire Dept., along with other fire and EMS agencies. This will be followed by another full buffet catered by The Country Diner, along with more live entertainment.
The best part about this event is that all proceeds will be donated to The Silver Shield foundation, which raises money for the children of police and fire personnel killed in the line of duty.
“This charity is very dear to me as a retired police officer because the foundation reaches out only to limited areas and Connecticut is one of them. If you are a police officer or state trooper in Connecticut, this is an event to attend because it’s a way for you to directly help the families of fallen brothers and sisters right here in our own back yard,” Ravalese said.
Advanced tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the Country Diner 860-763-5338, Joanna’s Café 860-763-5060, TSI Harley Davidson Buell 860-875-6663, TSI Harley Davison 860-423-3116.