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Camden PD hit the ice to help one of their own in Toms River

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Camden County Police Department Detective Lucas Murray and Officer Cody Smith dropped by the show this morning to promote a hockey game this weekend intended to be a fundraiser to help a fellow officer in need.

On January 4, 2017, Toms River Police Officer Brett Hansen was critically injured on the Garden State Parkway following his shift. Hansen, 28, of Brick sustained extensive facial injuries. He has lost his vision and it’s still not known exactly what the extent of the trauma to his brain is. Doctors feared he would not survive initially. More than a month later Brett has made improvement in his condition, but still has a long way to go. A ventilator aids his breathing part of the day and he remains in a coma. Needless to say his medical bills are mounting by the minute.

Brett has proudly served with the Tom’s River Police Department since August of 2015. Prior to returning home to Ocean County, Brett served with the Camden County Police Department since its inception in 2013, rising to the rank of Detective in the department’s Special Victims Unit.

The Camden County Police Department Blue Knights Hockey Club will play a group of Ocean County first responders dubbed “Team Hansen,” in a friendly game with all proceeds going toward Brett’s recovery.

The game will take place at the Winding River Skating Center at 1211 Whitesville Road in Toms River. It’s a night of hockey for a good cause starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $10 and free for kids 12 and under.

There’s a plan to have live music, t-shirt sales, a charity raffle and 50/50 to aid in the efforts.

This is the second fundraiser Camden County’s team has held to aid a fellow officer. In October they raised more than $10,000 for Atlantic City Police Officer Josh Vadell, who was shot over Labor Day weekend responding to a robbery.

Going above and beyond the call of duty to help a fellow officer in need , make Camden County Police Department Detective Lucas Murray and Officer Cody Smith this week’s #BlueFriday honorees.

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