SPOTLIGHT: A caravan of officers from several Bergen County police departments led by River Vale Sgt. John DeVoe delivered three trailers full of donated items yesterday to a Jersey Shore elementary school and the Seaside Heights police department, both of which were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
Joining DeVoe on the relief mission were fellow officers from River Vale, Emerson, Park Ridge, Upper Saddle River, Washington Township, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake.
The group first stopped at H.M. Potter Elementary School in Bayville, where many students were directly impacted by the Hurricane. They unloaded items desperately needed by the displaced families, including food and drinks, toys, clothes, baby food and diapers.
The volunteers then convoyed to the Seaside Heights Police Department.
There they were met by Seaside Heights Police Officer Kevin Shouldis, with whom DeVoe had worked when he was a member of that department.
“Members of the S.H.P.D. stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the officers of Bergen County as they formed assembly lines to unload 3 trailers filled with goods that had been collected by the River Vale Police and their supporters,” DeVoe reported.
“The vast amount of donated items quickly filled the staging area at the police department and the overflow was loaded into a holding area at a nearby Church.”
Seaside Heights Police Chief Chief Thomas Boyd thanked the Bergen County cadre on behalf of his department and the town’s citizens.
Before they left, Shouldis brought the officers to the iconic Seaside Heights boardwalk so they could see some of the damage first-hand.
“Police officers, by the very nature of our job, are always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to others in need,” DeVoe said. “This initiative provided a unique opportunity for us to extend that helping hand not only to the residents of Seaside Heights, but also to our brother and sister officers who were affected by this disaster.”
DeVoe had a personal stake in the disaster ( SEE : River Vale sergeant from Seaside leads massive relief drive )
Donations can still be made to:
Seaside Heights P.B.A. Local #252
116 Sherman Ave.
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
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