Heroes Get Their Revenge
After losing a heartbreaker last year the Toms River Police Department got their revenge in the sand Saturday in the 4th Annual Pros vs. Heroes flag football game on the beach in Seaside Heights. Led by the passing duo of Sgt. Ron Sermarini to Ptl. Jason Stallworth the Heroes prevailed 33-30 to even the series at two wins apiece. TR’s finest also got big efforts from Sgt. Scott Moeller, Ptl. Frank Moschella, Ptl. Daniel Herr and 19-year old Sage Sysol who was playing on behalf of his father, Sgt Timothy Sysol (Badge #289) who is battling cancer. The winning team was sponsored by M.C. Messina, Inc.
The game was presented by the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation for the benefit of the Toms River Police Foundation and Jeremy Grunin had a vested interest as the sponsor of the Pros team as well. That squad included former pro players Chad Plummer, Tony Logan, Kareem Huggins and Stephen Baker. Former Giant Super Bowl champions Sean Landetta and Otis “OJ” Anderson were also on hand with Landetta allowing fans to pose for pictures wearing his Super Bowl rings. The Pros team also featured #1 ranked UFC Featherweight contender Frankie Edgar of Toms River who played just a week after fighting and winning in UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas.
Among other sponsors were the Pine Belt Family of Dealerships, Spirits Unlimited, Ray Catena Audi, Community Medical Center and ShopRite of Toms River.