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Bergen police, sheriff’s officers raise Special Olympics funds in plane pull

Photo Credit: Diana Simpson
Photo Credit: Diana Simpson
Photo Credit: Diana Simpson
Photo Credit: Diana Simpson
Photo Credit: Diana Simpson
Photo Credit: Diana Simpson

SHOUT OUTS: Police from several Bergen departments raised thousands of dollars while participating in a rain-soaked 2014 Plane Pull for Special Olympics at Newark-Liberty International Airport this past weekend.

Raising $3,155 were the “Green Giants,” made up of law enforcement officers and their family and friends from the Bergenfield, Bogota and Ridgefield police departments.

Fair Lawn police and “Bergen’s Boldest,” PBA Local #134 of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, raised $1,200 each.

Also participating were Elmwood Park PBA members, who took 1st place for the fastest pull and 3rd in least amount of weight to pull the plane with four members ( The RESULTS BOARD is below ).

All told, the 34 participating teams raised nearly $63,000, with more donations expected.

The Plane Pull was first introduced in 1997 and has helped the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run raise more than $2,000,000 each year for the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey, a non-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.

More than 24,000 athletes enjoy camaraderie and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment through participating in these events.

FAIR LAWN PD (from left): Brian Rypkema, Tim O’Shaughnessy, Brian Metzzler, Paul Donohue, Lonnie Mergler, Sean Nagle, Glen Cauwels, Brian Simpson, Brian LaRosa, Tom Check, Steve Buskiewicz & Nick Snyder (PHOTO: Diana Simpson)

ELMWOOD PARK PBA

THE RESULTS BOARD (For more, go to: Facebook/SpecialOlympicsNewJersey )

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