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Operation Brain Freeze

The Toms River Police Department will be running its third annual “Operation Brain Freeze” to promote compliance with helmet laws in an attempt to prevent traumatic brain injuries. Police spokesman Ralph Stocco says that this year’s campaign is set to begin Wednesday June 22nd and will run through September 4th 2016. Last year we had 40 Officers participate, handing out over 300 vouchers for free ice cream. Stocco says that this year we hope to issue 500 vouchers. The participating ice cream shops on the barrier island and beach area are Summer Sweets and Barnacle Bills. Participating shops in the mainland area of the township are Yellow Brick Road Carousel, Mrs. Walkers, Rita’s, Dairy Queen, and Denae’s Sweet Shop.

While on patrol, if an officer observes a child riding a bicycle, skateboard, roller blades, or scooter while correctly wearing a safety helmet, the officer will approach them and talk to the kids as they stress the importance of them wearing their helmets. As an incentive the children will then be provided with a voucher to one of the local businesses that entitle them to on free ice cream. For safety reasons only officers in uniform and driving marked police cars will be participating.

This was such a positive event the last two years. We wanted to expand it in 2016 in order to reach as many children as possible. According to Stocco, last year saw children riding around their neighborhoods looking for police cars that would observe them obeying the law so they could talk to the officers, and of course, get some free ice cream. Chief Mitchell Little says that “it is such a joy to be able to interact with the children and have them see the officers in a positive light. We are trying to build lifelong relationships with them. We thank our sponsors who are donating the ice cream. Without them this event would not be possible.”

Toms River Police Teams Take Second & Third Place at Fitness Challenge

From Toms River Patch as reported by Karen Wall

Manchester, NJ — They flipped tires, carried sandbags and ran 5 miles, and even pulled a Humvee.
In the end, it was the Stafford Township Police Department Team Blue that came out on top in the second annual Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge hosted by the Manchester Township Police Department.
Stafford Team Blue earned the title of Fittest Police Department, beating out 17 other four-person teams for the honor. In second place was Toms River Township Police Team 1, followed by Toms River Township Police Team 2 in third.
The competition, held Wednesday at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting, raised nearly $6,000 for Ocean of Love, the charity that assists Ocean County families of children battling cancer, and the not-for-profit Manchester Township Police Foundation Inc.
“To be successful in this Elite Fitness Challenge, you must be in excellent physical condition,” Manchester Police Chief Lisa Parker said. “This is one of the most intense competitions that only highly trained athletes can successfully complete.”
The exercises included team vehicle pull, team tire flip, fence climbs, rope climbs, barrel roll, team member carry, farmers carry, clean and press, individual tire flip, pole flip/carry, sandbag carry, firehose drag, 200 yard swim, and a five mile trail run.
“Police officers need to commit to maintaining a physical standard for their entire career, as the nature of their job demands it,” Parker said. “Their departments should be proud of their accomplishment and sincere dedication to fitness.”
Manchester Detective David Fusaro and Patrolman Charles Gatnarek, who organized the event, said they are appreciative of everyone who participated and are looking forward to continuing this event and supporting various charities, the department said.
“The Manchester Township Police would like to extend a special thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Termini Nutrition Center, Forked River and Bayville; Barnabas Health Medical Group, West Orange; Cardiology Consultants of Toms River; Thompson Chiropractic, Toms River; A Simply Greener Side, Toms River, Crossfit Arx, Toms River; and Kettlebell Kitchen, New York and New Jersey,” the department said.

Promotions

Mayor Thomas Kelaher, Police Chief Mitchell Little, and the entire town council were pleased to have made three promotions last evening. Pictured from left to right are Sergeant Thomas Dugan, Lieutenant Christopher Anderson, Mayor Thomas Kelaher, Sergeant Robert Burczyk, and Councilman Kevin Geoghegan. These promotions were made to fill three vacancies that occurred due to recent retirements.

anderson promotion

Jersey Mikes Donation

We met up with Kevin Smith of Jersey Mikes in Toms River this week. Kevin runs the sub shop at 1840 Hooper Avenue and recently held a fundraiser to benefit our local police officers. He donated a portion of his sales last Wednesday to the Police Foundation. Kevin presented a check in the amount of $500 to Chief Mitchel Little.
Thank you for your generous donation.
jersey mikes 2016

Scholarships Awarded

Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher, Police Chief Mitchell Little, and the entire Council recently awarded scholarships for seven local high school students. On April 26th, at a public council meeting, the two men handed out the awards to the graduating seniors in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500 each. Many of the students participated in the Toms River Schools TEAM program. TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. It is a school sponsored civic and service organization.

The money was raised through the efforts of the annual Jingle Bell Run, a 5-K charity race that is held each December. This past year saw over 600 race participants. The race is coordinated by former Toms River Police Lieutenant James Everett for the benefit of the Toms River Police Foundation. The foundation was set up to aid police officers and their families as well as to contribute to programs for local youth. The foundation also makes funding available to eligible scholarship applicants. Additionally, a $1,500 donation was made to the TEAM organization and $250 to the Ocean County Library.

This year’s TEAM recipients are:

Megan Laggner, $500, High School South
Misty Patel, $500, High School East
Vincent Tran, $500, High School North
Michelle Gao, $500, High School North

The Mark Catalano Scholarship is in remembrance of a former Toms River Police Detective and avid triathlete who passed away at the age of 54 while training for a competition. This year’s Detective Mark Catalano Memorial Scholarship Award recipients are:

Cereta Dellago, $1,500, High School East
Caitlin Maire, $1,500, High School East
Hunter Petrick, $1,500, High School North

Student names:
Back row from left to right are Hunter Petrick, Megan Laggner, Vincent Tran, Caitlin Maire
Front row from left to right are Misty Patel, Michelle Gao, Cereta Dellago
team award 2016

Donation to Chariot Riders

Police Chief Mitchell Litte and retired Lt. Jim Everett recently delivered a check for $2,000 to the Chariot Riders of Manchester New Jersey. This donation was as a result of funds raised at last year’s Jingle Bell Run. Chariot Riders provides therapeutic equine programs for persons with disabilities.
Chariot Riders

Citizen award given for baby rescue

TOMS RIVER: By Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press– William Copes received a proclamation from the mayor and Township Council and a glass statue from Police Chief Mitchell Little for his heroic actions in saving a baby from a car crash last month, but there was something else he wanted more than anything Tuesday night.
“Can I hold her? Is that allowed?” Copes, of Lakewood, asked the baby’s father, David Eisdorfer.
“Of course,” Eisdorfer said. In seconds, the six-month-old girl was in Copes’ arms, smiling and holding her rescuer’s arm while Copes and her father posed for photographs.
Eisdorfer’s wife — and Sussie’s mother — 28-year-old Leah Eisdorfer, was killed in the horrific March 9 crash on New Hampshire Avenue. Copes, 51, squeezed inside the smoking, badly battered minivan to rescue the baby girl, who was still strapped in her overturned car seat.
Using a utility knife passed to him by another man at the accident scene, Copes freed Sussie from the seats safety restraints and pulled her out of the wreckage.
“When I got to the scene he actually had cuts all over his arms from crawling into the car,” Chief Little said.
Leah Eisdorfer had been driving south on New Hampshire near North Maple Avenue when the minivan she was driving suddenly crossed the center line, left the roadway, hit several trees and came to rest on its side in a water retention basin.
Copes and his grown daughter, who was following behind him in her own vehicle, were returning home from a Toms River auto dealership when he heard the loud boom as the minivan crashed. Copes turned his car around and ran down the berm to reach the minivan, and the trapped baby.
The Eisdorfers and their three children had moved to Toms River’s North Dover section only a few weeks before the crash that took Leah Eisdorfer’s life. Police are still investigating the accident.
David Eisdorfer said the baby’s miraculous survival is helping him cope with his wife’s death.
Lakewood resident William Copes and six-month-old Sussie Eisdorfer, of Toms River. (Photo: Jean Mikle)
“God showed me how much he loves me,” Eisdorfer said. “He took away something so important, but he left behind something else important, too.”
Sussie suffered some cuts and bruises but was not seriously injured in the crash.
After Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher and council members presented Copes with his proclamation, Eisdorfer read from a card that he gave to his daughter’s rescuer.
“Whoever saves a life, it’s as if he saved an entire world,” Eisdorfer read, quoting a passage from the Talmud. He hugged Copes as the crowd in the meeting room gave him a standing ovation.
“I would just hope, you know, if anybody else came into you know, a situation like that, they would do the same thing, you know, to help another human being,” Copes said.
Jean Mikle: (732) 643-4050, jmikle@gannettnj.com
copes council meeting

National Telecommunicators Week April 10th to 16th

In honor of National Telecommunicators Week we want to honor and recognize all of our police dispatchers. They are the unsung heroes of the law enforcement community. They are the lifeline between us and the citizens we protect. Please take a minute to read the Dispatchers Poem

Dispatchers Poem

I Take A Breath As I Sit Down,
God Give Me Strength To Make This Round So Many Lives, I Hold In Hand,
So Many People With Demands.

My First Call, A Child Is Screaming,
Daddy’s Beating Mom And She’s Not Breathing.
It’s Hard To Deal With And Stay Calm, The Child Yells, “Dad’s Got A
Gun!”

I Have To Take Control And Say,
Please Slow Down They’re On Their Way As I Dispatch To My Deputies,
“10-33, There Are Weapons”

Ten Thousand Things Rush Through My Head, God I Pray She’s Not Dead.
Stay On The Phone And Talk To Me,
As I Rise To My Feet.

The Cops Are Here The Child Is Saying, Stay On The Line As I Start
Praying.
“Be Advised He Has A Gun,
And He Also Has His Son.”

Now I Have An Open Line,
Just A Dispatcher In The Blind
“Dispatch,” I Heard Him Say,
“His Name Is Teddy And He’s Okay.”

They Clear The Scene From The Call,
Not One Deputy Had To Fall.
I Take A Breath As I Sit Down,
Thank You God, We Made That Round.

I’m Just A Dispatcher, Can’t You See
Just A Lifeline Between You And Me.

Now hiring summer crossing guards

The position for Part Time – Seasonal Crossing Guard is now available in the Police Department. This position will be utilized during the summer beach season. Please visit the Toms River Township website and click on the JOB POSTINGS link at the top of the page.

Police Youth Camp

Chief Mitchell Little is proud to announce that he will be conducting our second annual Toms River Police Youth Camp. The camp will be held from July 11 to July 15th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. This event is a way for us to give back to the community and give the children of Toms River an inside look at law enforcement. Eligible participants must be Toms River Residents and enrolled in current grades 6, 7, and 8. They will get to ride in police cars, utilize specialized police equipment, learn self-defense tactics, and physical agility. They will also have exposure to the motorcycle unit, EMS Ambulance, SWAT team, fire suppression vehicles, obstacle course as well as a field trip to the Ortley Beach Lifeguard station.

The camp is free however each participant must provide their own lunch, drinks, and appropriate clothing for the week. (Shorts and white tee shirt).

The selection process will be based on teacher recommendations and an essay written by the campers. The application deadline is May 1, 2016. Applications can be picked up at the front desk of Police Headquarters.

Please direct all questions to pslaven@trpolice.org Phone inquiries will not be returned.

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