Patrolman DJ Unger left work for the final time yesterday and was honored by his fellow officers as he left the building. Officer Unger was proud to wear the TRPD uniform and was looking forward to a long and successful career. With only sixteen years on the job he faced the difficult decision to step away. Officer Unger sustained a serious injury while subduing a violent offender. His injuries left him with a permanent disability in which he could no longer perform the required duties. We will miss Officer Unger’s dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism.
He will always be part of The Toms River Police Department Family.
Thank you to Toms River Post 129 American Legion Riders for their generous donation to the Brett Hansen Fund. Officer Hansen is still in very serious condition at a local hospital recovering from injuries he sustained in an off duty motor vehicle crash on January 4th. We appreciate the generosity from our community as well as outside of our township boundaries during this difficult time.
(Pictured below: Art Brown, Chief Mitchell Little, Mike Dorick)
Anyone wishing to help can contribute to a GoFundMe account set up by Officer Hansen’s family https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-brett-hansen
To our Supporters:
My name is Michael Gallipoli and I was Ptl. Brett Hansen’s background investigator and training officer. I am writing this to let everyone know what kind of person he is.
Brett Hansen realized his dream of becoming a full time police officer with the Toms River Police Department in May of 2015. Brett was raised by his parents James and Laurie, along with his younger brother Tyler in Bricktown, NJ. Brett and his family are among the most humble and respectful people I’ve ever known. As I investigated his background, his neighbors would tell me stories of Brett and his brother growing up and how Brett would drop whatever he was doing to help them with whatever they needed. He was described as a “true blessing to his family and the neighborhood.” A clear picture began to emerge of a young man who was respectful and humble beyond his years. This was clear to anyone who had met Brett and to his coworkers today. I couldn’t to find a single soul with a bad thing to say about him! Above all, it was his dedication and unwavering love to his family that was truly inspiring. Much of Brett’s off duty time was spent with them and his extended family.
Tragically, Brett was involved in collision on the Garden State NJ Parkway on 01-04-17 and he is currently fighting for his life in ICU at Jersey Shore medical center. Brett’s injuries are so severe, that it is taking teams of surgeons to repair him. He is in a coma and is breathing by ventilator. His left eye has been removed and his right eye is feared to be only partially useful. Every bone in his face has been 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.
Just days before his crash a man snapped this quick picture of Officer Hansen. He went to Al’s Pizza with his 6 year old daughter, and upon entering, he noticed an officer sitting and having lunch. His daughter went right up to him and said hi and sat there and they talked for about ten minutes. This is the kind of police officer that we all strive to be.
The family has requested that donations be made to “Brett Hansen Fund” Care of Toms River PBA 137, P.O. Box 5011, Toms River, NJ 08754 or at the families go fund me site “friends of Brett Hansen” https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-brett-hansen
Santa, with the help of Chief Little and his elves, stopped by Children’s Specialized Hospital and Community Medical Center in Toms River on Thursday. With candy canes in hand; they delivered Christmas and Hanukah presents to the children and a few jolly laughs to the adults.
Every year the officers prepare a month in advance in order to bring some holiday cheer to the children who have to spend this festive time of year in a medical facility. There are many people behind the scenes that work hard to make this happen and never seek recognition. We thank them all for their time, toy donations, and financial contributions. This year’s event collected over $4,000 in cash and toys that were distributed yesterday. The elves were even able to slip a few restaurant gift cards to the parents that spend so much of their time caring for the children. Our goal is to lessen the burden that these families face while counting our own blessings.
The Toms River Police Department is conducting a selection process for the position of Seasonal Beach District – Part Time – Unarmed – Class I Special Police officer. The application deadline is December 30, 2016. Applications can be picked up at Town Hall, 33 Washington Street.
Please visit the attached link on the Toms River Township Website, Human Resources page, for further information .
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Thank you to all of this years participants. It was a great day for a run and to raise money for local charities.
On October 20th Toms River First Responders; consisting of Toms River Police, Fire, EMS, and Dispatchers donated $10,500.00 to Ocean Of Love. This donation is one of the ways we give back to the community that we live in. 100% of the money raised during the 105.7 “The Hawk” billboard Radiothon goes to assist families affected by childhood cancer. The event raised a total of $121,881.
Congratulations to our newest brothers & sister. These five new officers were hired to replace 8 recently retired officers. From left to right Scott Devecka, Mayor Kelaher, Rebecca Sayegh, James Manolio, Joseph Baldasare, James Colline, Chief Little.
Great work by Team Toms River Police this week at the Special Olympics Plane Pull. On September 24th we arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport with one goal in mind; to pull a Boeing 737 across the runway to raise funds for New Jerseys special athletes. Our team finished 5th overall out of 54 teams in our very first entrance into this event. We also finished 7th in fundraising thanks to our supporters. Our team members received nearly $4,000 in donations while the overall event raised in excess of $100,000. One hundred percent of the donations go to support NJ Special Olympics. Chief Mitchell Little, who participated in the event, said he was proud of his twenty officers that volunteered their time to help raise money. “It was a great day and a wonderful chance to give back to the residents of our community.”