WHY WE EXIST
"If we cannot take the time to drive up to New Jersey and help our FOP brothers at this time in their lives, then why are we here?"
After hurricane Sandy had struck the coasts of New York and New Jersey a call went out from the President of the New Jersey FOP asking for help. Besides striking large waterfront cities like New York and Atlantic City the storm also took its toll on the small beach towns that most of us had never heard of before this event. Beach Haven N.J. was one of those towns. The storm surge had struck this town and pushed four feet of mud and salt water through the entire town.
Electricity and gas was shut off within minutes and natural gas was soon to follow. No lights, no water and no heat. There was salt water and brown silt mud three feet up the walls of the residences in most of the town. The police officers of Beach Haven drove back into town to find total devastation of all homes including their own. From that day onward the officers of Beach Haven worked to protect the life and property of all of the citizens of their town, disregarding the status of their own homes.
Jim Preston, the president of the Florida FOP, contacted the districts inside Florida. From Pasco Lodge 29, Lodge president Bill Lawless, Rich Williams and Steve Madden volunteered to go north to New Jersey. We were joined by ten brothers from Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville. We had six pickups and four loaded disaster trailers. These trailers had generators, tools, cables and lots of filled five gallon gasoline containers. The convoy drove north on the New Jersey Turnpike till they came to the exit for Beach Haven N.J. As we reached the turnoff to leave the N.J. Turnpike Bill Lawless and myself continued northbound until we reached N.Y.C. We entered into the city and drove across the 59th St. Bridge into Long Island where we met with brother members of the FOP and delivered three generators, still in boxes, into their hands for their families. We then turned around and drove all the way back to Beach Haven N.J. arriving there at 0400 to help with the cleanup.
NEXT GENERAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY @ 1900 hrs
NOVEMBER 21, 2012
DINNER @ 1830 hrs
NEW EVENT DIRECTOR
Pasco Lodge 29 is proud to announce the appointment of Arbea Bond to the position of Event Director. Arbea has been placed in charge of marketing, renting and scheduling for Lodge 29. If anyone knows of a person or group who is looking for a facility to rent for a wedding or party please have them contact her directly at the below phone number or direct that person to our website.