The Toms River Police Department would like to thank EZE Fitness for participating in our first annual Toms River Police Health & Wellness Program. The goal of the program is to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness within the Toms River Police Department. EZE Fitness instructors (Stefano & Anthony) conducted a one hour boot camp class with boxing at their Brick Facility. On six different days in March, Toms River Police officers were able to work together and experience a different form of circuit training. The Toms River Police Department would like to thank EZE Fitness for their hard work and dedication towards the success of the Health & Wellness Program!
The Toms River Police Department would like to thank Thompson Healthcare for participating in our first annual Toms River Police Health & Wellness Program. The goal of the program is to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness within the Toms River Police Department. Thompson Healthcare donated their time by sending personnel (Dr. Brian, Dr. Rich, Dr. Marcus, Jenna) on six different days to discuss a problem most officers face: low back pain. The program successfully increased awareness of common causes and treatment options. The Toms River Police Department would like to thank Thompson Healthcare for their hard work and dedication towards the success of the Program!
The Toms River Police Foundation was established in 2005 as a Non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation. It is comprised of 14 board members from various businesses and government agencies in Toms River, including the Chief of Police, Mitch Little. The sole purpose of the Foundation is to use the donations collected to assist the police department in funding a variety of projects, equipment and community relations’ events and initiatives.
The Toms River Police Foundation awards several scholarships annually to qualified applicants from all four Toms River high schools and to those students pursuing a career in law enforcement as well as the children of police department members regardless of their career path.
The Foundation has also supported a number of police department community events and initiatives, such as; the bi-annual police department open house, Junior Police Academy, Explorer Scout Program, Auxiliary Police Program, The Veteran Officers Association, AIE (Attitude Is Everything) and HERO (Helping Everyone Respect Others) Programs in our local schools and other valuable programs that would otherwise not be possible. We continue to introduce programs, events and partnerships that will allow us the opportunity to engage with the community and build strong relationships.
Thanks to your support, the Toms River Police Foundation can continue to help the men and women of the police department provide the best service and maintain the best relationship possible with the people we serve.
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Toms River Police Officers Ken Thomas and Matt Crosta just had the pleasure of attending a ceremony at TD Bank on Bridge Ave in Point Pleasant. This follows up a week long fundraising event by several TD Bank branches, including all of the branches located in Toms River. The PBA was presented with a check in the amount of $7,750 for the Brett Hansen Fund. All TD Bank employees and administrators sent their best wishes to Brett and to our entire agency. It was a very humbling experience for our officers to witness firsthand the community support we continue to receive. A special thank you goes to Officer Kyle Martucci for working closely with TD Bank, not only on this fundraiser, but with all aspects of the Brett Hansen Fund.
The Toms River Police Foundation presents the Hope Center of Toms River with a $2,500 donation. It was a portion of the proceeds from their 18th Annual Jingle Bells Run 5K Race held in December, 2016. The Hope Center was chosen as a Spotlight organization to receive monies to help them assist those in need within our Community. Attending the presentation of the check was Toms River Police Foundation President and Race Director, Jim Everett, Toms River Police Foundation Vice-President, Ted Bessler, Jingle Bells Run Race Committee Member, Joe Michelini and Toms River Police Officer Ted Malony. Accepting the donation were House of Hope board members, including Executive Board members Amy VanBezooijen and Kim Santora.
On Saturday February 25, The Toms River Police Department team participated in the Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights to support Special Olympics of New Jersey. With the support of the Dispatchers, PBA, FOP and everyone involved, there were 23 plungers. Our team raised $7,651.00 and was ranked 33rd out of 435 teams. Awesome job team!
Toms River Police Officer Brett Hansen was seriously injured when involved in an off-duty collision on the Garden State NJ Parkway on 01-04-17. Brett’s injuries are so severe, that he required teams of surgeons to repair him. He is still in a coma and is breathing for brief periods of time on his own but the majority of time by ventilator. His left eye has been removed and his right eye is feared to be only partially useful. Every bone in his face was shattered and his lungs are badly damaged. He is only surviving by a miracle at this point. His family is by his bedside night and day, as are his brothers and sisters in Blue. He may never work as a police officer again. Because Brett had only been a police officer for a short amount of time, and his accident occurred off duty, he will not receive any retirement benefits if he can no longer remain employed.
Along with the GoFundMe page that has been set up for Brett, there have been different organizations and individuals coming up with fundraising events to help the Hansen Family with medical costs during this difficult time. On Saturday, February 18th the PBA, along with Camden Police, hosted an incredible event for Brett.
PBA Representative Jesse Robertazzi organized the event and was asked, why ice hockey? Jesse decided on a hockey game because as a life-long hockey player he and other police officers play on a few men’s league teams, mainly for the Atlantic City team. He has successfully run hockey benefits in the past. “Hockey is a sport that once you’re in it; you’re in it for life. The family feeling involved with hockey is incredible too. The hockey community is very tight; I knew we could do it.” – Jesse. It just seemed to fit when Lucas Murray of Camden Police Department contacted Jesse about a benefit, he runs their hockey team. Lucas and his team were very instrumental in organizing the game.
With event planning, success is all in the details. While Jesse would prefer to stay in the background and give all the credit to everyone else involved, we wanted to thank him for all he did as well. Jesse made sure everything was just right for Brett that night. From the first event meeting, to working directly with Camden Police and all else involved, to running out last minute to purchase extra jerseys for Brett’s parents when he found out they were going to be at the game. Then rushing them to the screen-printers house to get them printed so the Hansen’s could wear them for the puck-drop and keep them as a memento. There are also plans to hang them in Brett’s hospital room. Through every step of the way, Jesse was there. It was an impressive sight to see the Honor Guard from both departments on the ice alongside Police Chief Mitchell Little, Brett’s mother and father, the 17 players from the Toms River team, and the 19 players from the Camden team for the ceremonial puck drop.
Advertising for the event was done through the PBA’s Facebook page, The Toms River Police Department’s Facebook page, The Toms River Patch, Shore News Network and NJ 101.5 radio. Lucas Murray (Camden team captain) made an appearance on NJ 101.5 with Bill Spadea in studio, and word of mouth spread quickly, especially through the hockey community. The biggest publicity we garnered was getting two great spots with EJ Hradic on the NHL Network; which is seen in US, Canada and Europe. EJ was very touched by Brett’s story and was happy to share the air time during their “Checking In” segment. That segment was instrumental in getting The Brett Hansen fund information out to the public. Hopefully we will see some donations come in from overseas. Great effort was made by all to pack the rink. Having initially printed and sold out 500 tickets, they were still collecting donations and welcoming more guests at the door.
Jesse and the PBA would like to extend some special thanks to everyone who helped. Mike Mabie, from Silverton Buy Rite, generously donated a lot of merchandise for the gift auction. Also, the police and fire dispatchers were phenomenal, they ran the 50/50 and tee shirt sales. The Toms River Black Hawks Hockey Club and Ken Yasenchock, who stepped up and volunteered with anything they needed as well as providing lots of gifts for the auction. Lucas Murray, Camden Police Department and their team participation. The Toms River team, you were amazing. Additional thanks go to The Atlantic City officers, Tom McCabe (hero of the day) and Dan Kramer and Officer Josh Vadell for coming up. Josh was recently shot in the head responding to a robbery in progress next to Caesars Hotel and casino in Atlantic City. Officer Tom McCabe, returned fire killing the suspect and then loaded Josh into a police vehicle, drove him to the hospital which saved his life. Josh has made an incredible recovery and was at the game with his family to show support for a fellow injured officer. Josh’s story gives us hope that you can recover from a traumatic brain injury and it was a true honor to have him at our game. Thank you to Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher and our town council who came out for the game and donated the ice time. Chief Mitchell Little and The Toms River Police Foundation for both teams jerseys. TRPD Police officer Gene Bachonski was the emcee for the night and the Berkley Township PBA arrived with a donation of over $3000. Charlie’s Pizza, Manchester, hosted the after party. The band, Fly on the Chicken, provided live music at Charlie’s Pizza after the game. Downs Ford for donating water bottles. The Silverton Fire Company participated by bringing their ladder truck and proudly flew the American Flag. Eddie Casler, from Winding River Ice Rink, was instrumental in getting this game going. We even had a visit from NJ State PBA President, Pat Colligan. Mr. Colligan took the time from his busy schedule to come all the way down from Franklin Township to be at the game and the Ocean County PBA Conference, who sent a lot of people there. Finally, to all of the volunteers and the generosity of our community!
When we asked Jesse, “What was your goal? What did you hope to raise?” Jesse said he would have been happy with $10,000. That was what he was hoping to achieve for the night. At the end of the night he tallied over $22,000, they surpassed it by over double! They even had people running up to them at the end of the night, who weren’t able to be at the game, still offering donations.
Final score –TR officially won the game, however, Jesse says, “In the end, we all won!”
The Team Hansen Charity Hockey Game is moving along nicely in the planning stage. So far, we have gotten some great raffle prizes and most notably, an authentic NY Giants autographed photo. Game tickets will be available shortly at the Winding River Skating Center or at the door on the date of the event. Thank you for your continued support.
Toms River Police welcomes new officer and wishes retiring officer well at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
While sad to see Officer DJ Unger retire at last night’s township council meeting, Toms River Police Chief Mitchell Little said he was happy the town approved a new hire so quickly. “This is a bittersweet moment for us. We are sad to see Officer Unger forced to retire so early in his career, but a serious injury he sustained while subduing a violent offender left him with injuries that would no longer allow him to work as a police officer. ” He credited the town approving a new officer so rapidly. “We are very grateful for the council’s fast approval of a new officer.”
We welcome Officer Garret Henshaw to The Toms River Police Department and wish Officer DJ Unger the best in his retirement, he will always be part of our Toms River Police Family.
Exciting announcement! Our injured brother Brett Hansen’s old police department (Camden County PD) contacted us for a benefit hockey game to help his family with mounting medical bills. The TRPD happily accepted the challenges and the game is on! So mark your calendars for February 18th at 7pm at the Winding River Skating Center for a classic showdown between two police departments who care about their injured brother. The Team Hansen Hockey Game will have some cool stuff for the kids and some entertainment for the grown ups. We would appreciate a $10 donation to the Brett Hansen Fund for big people and it will be free for kids 12 and under. Hope to see you there!