After the recent ambush execution killings of five police officers in Dallas Texas; Toms River Police Chief Mitchell Little assigned two officers to attend the memorial services. Police spokesman Ralph Stocco states that “When tragedy strikes law enforcement anywhere in the world we feel it here. It is a brother and sisterhood that transcend the boundaries of towns, states, and countries.” Chief Little adds that “We were overwhelmed with the support we received from our local community after the Dallas murders. Many of the people we protect and serve every day took the time to send us well wishes in the form of cards, letters, phone calls, emails, and personal visits.” They wanted us to know that we had community support right here in our home town. Little goes on to say that the travel expenses were paid for by the Toms River Police Foundation and Toms River PBA 137. No tax dollars were used.
The officers took a moment to have a photograph taken next to a Dallas Police vehicle while at the service. On the left is Officer Nick Franco, a four year member of the department and on the right is Officer Jesse Robertazzi, a fifteen year veteran and the NJ State PBA delegate for the township.