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The story behind Emily and the Hopatcong Police PBA 149 5K Walk/Run Event

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News had the opportunity to catch up with Hopatcong Police Patrolman Dan Kern, Sergeant James Bianculli, and Emily’s Parents Julie and Dan, to find out more about Emily and the upcoming Police PBA 149 5K Walk/Run Event.

What Happened:

Emily 5KWhat had been a healthy and normal one-year old Emily suddenly underwent a series of seizures, where she was shaking on the floor and gasping for air when first responders first arrived. To save time Hopatcong Police rushed Emily to Hopatcong Ambulance Squad to help expedite getting her to the Hospital.

Emily was Hospitalized on and off until June 16th and continues to need multiple treatments daily. She is not able to take food normally, she undergoes multiple Meds and physical therapy. She also needs additional Hospital stays for additional assistance.

Event Infomration:

Support this fund rising effort by enrolling in the 5K Walk/Run, which will help Emily to recover and to maintain a normal lifestyle going forward:

Event Information:

  • Event Date 09-30-2017 9:30 am
  • Individual Price $27.50
  • Location Hopatcong High School
  • Registration: Link Here
  • Flyer: PBA149-WalkRun-2017.pdf  
  • Register Online

Home Renovations:

Multiple home renovations were required when Emily returned to move her bedroom downstairs, and to upgrade the lower bathroom. There are still additional renovations necessary to make the home handicap accessible for Emily.

Involvement of the Hopatcong Police:

According to Julie and Dan, “The support we have been provided by Hopatcong Police Department, both on the night of the incident and beyond was been outstanding! We are still overwhelmed by the support that they have put together a 5/K Race to help with Emily. This is a good example of what our local police department does to help the community when in an area of need.”

According to Hopatcong Police:

Sergeant James Bianculli, “All calls that come in are treated equally, but whenever a call comes in that involved s child, the officers handle it with extra care. In this case we could expedite Emily’s movement to the hospital, and as a community we want to continue to champion this cause through the 5K Run/Walk."

Request for Additional Business Sponsors:

Hopatcong PBA 149 is looking for additional business sponsors. All interested businesses and individual donors should send an email to 5kpba149@gmail.com.  They currently have several, but need more, for just for $150 you can have your name on the shirt for the racer and be mentioned as a sponsor of the event.

The Race:

First off, this race is for everyone, as you can do the race with walkers, runners, or with someone in a baby stroller. This race will be chip-timed by SpectaSport. SpectaSport which uses state-of-the-art technology and will bring results kiosks where you can view your race results immediately upon finishing. To encourage broad participation, pricing is being kept lower than the average 5K (especially for a chip-timed 5K). Online pre-registration for adults is only $25, age 10-18 just $20 and Children under 10 are $10. Free race shirt for all entries received before September 20 (kids included!)

Awards: First Overall Male, First Overall Female, plus Gender-Specific age group awards for 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (Note: Runners must finish in 37 minutes or less to be eligible for awards ceremony. Participants finishing after 37 minutes will still be timed and will still receive a finish placing.)

Who is the PBA 149?

Since the inception, members of the Hopatcong PBA 149 have been serving and protecting residents of Hopatcong, helping build stronger community relations. In many cases this PBA assists residents in need within our community.

It is the hope of the Hopatcong PBA 149 that his event turns into an annual event to help the people that they protect and serve.

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