WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - When this Bergen County police officer gets off of his overnight shift, he goes to work again, helping other law enforcement agencies and healthcare workers.
Police Officer Mark Torsiello runs Blue Line Beasts, a law enforcement focused fitness and apparel company he founded seven years ago. As a first responder, he's seen the tragic effect coronavirus had on those around him, both personally and professionally. Now he's using his company to give back to other first responders and healthcare professionals.
With the fundraising effort from the sale of the #essential fundraiser T-shirt, he is purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for his brohers and sisters in blue across the United State who are either running low or don't have any at all. He also has received donations from local businesses like Wood-Ridge Wine and Liquor in the borough in his ongoing effort.
He has shipped N95 masks and hundreds of gloves across the country, including to departments in New Jersey, Alabama, Rhode Island, Virginia, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Michigan, and even as far away as California and Hawaii. Closer to home, he has donated to police departments in Hoboken, East Rutherford, South Hackensack, and Hasbrouck Heights.
Hasbrouck Heights NJ PBA Local 102 Delegate Jarett Cooke expressed his appreciation to Torsiello and everyone who contributed to make the donation possible.
In addition, he is catering meals for area healthcare workers at different hospitals' emergency rooms. Most recently he provided lunch for the nurses and staffers at Valley Hospital in Waldwick, NJ.
As someone who's seen firsthand the toll that the corona crisis has taken, what does he want people to know?
"That it affects everyone and anyone," said Torsiello. "This is something I've seen first hand and it isn't something to take lightly."
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