Officers Show Heart on Ride

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 6 a.m. June 12, 2015

Constable Sabrina Ponzi of 32 Division had every reason to take part in this year’s Ride for Heart & Stroke on May 31.

A group of men and women, mostly wearing red T-shirts stand together
The 32 Division team ready to ride

Last July, her father Paul Ponzi – who struggled with heart disease for nearly a decade – passed away at age 80.

“Heart disease is one of those afflictions that touches us all in some way, whether be it personally or someone most dear to us,” she said. “Warning signs can be put off for a few days or mistaken for something less serious, which too often can result in death. Each one of us should take the time to know how to recognize symptoms of a heart attack or stroke because, in many cases, it’s those few precious minutes that can save a life.”

The 32 Division team, led by Constable Nelson Barriera who rode 75 kilometres, Kevin Taylor of the Transit Patrol Unit who wheeled 50 kilometres and Constable Ryan Rorabech, a guest rider from 52 Division who pedalled 25 kilometres, raised $6,000 in donations.

Principal David deBelle of Lawrence Heights Middle School joined the police riders.

“He accepted the challenge and his presence was greatly appreciated,” said 32 Division unit commander Superintendent Selwyn Fernandes. “Community events like this build camaraderie and strengthen friendships with both internal and community members working as a team towards a common goal.”

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