SPARTA, NJ – Help comes in many forms. For the officers of the Sparta Police Department assistance in the COVID-19 battle has come in the form of a 55 gallon drum.
“The Sparta Police Department would like to extend its appreciation and heartfelt thanks to a New Jersey company GTBM Info-Cop, headed by Rich Picolli and George Petropoulakis, for their generous donation,” Sparta Police Lt. John Lamon said.
Earlier this week Sparta Police Department received a donation of Diamond Disinfectant, a professional grade cleaner “used in institutions where disinfection and sanitization is of prime importance,” according to Lamon.
In addition to the disinfectant, the donation included a brand new sprayer backpack that was immediately put to use to disinfect and sanitize all the Sparta Police vehicles, Lamon said.
“This donation comes at a much needed time as our police officers struggle to provide service to the public and those stricken by the coronavirus, while trying to stay virus free themselves,” Lamon said. “Disinfecting our patrol cars is an added bonus and a much needed step in protecting our officers in the midst of this pandemic.”
The Sparta Police Department has been fortunate so far to be able to supply each officer with the recommended personal protective equipment when they have to go on a medical call according to Lamon.
Lamon said the donation happened when Sparta businessman Frank Hunkele of Sparta Redi-mix contacted East Rutherford company GTBM, asking for the same assistance in Sparta that the company had been providing to Bergen County Police and Fire agencies.
GTBM Info-Cop is located in Bergen County but they did not hesitate to donate the supplies and equipment, Lamon said.
Picolli and Hunkele’s donation was put to immediate use disinfecting all of the police vehicles and Sparta Ambulances that same day, according to Lamon.
“Mr. Picolli, Mr. Petropoulakis and Mr. Hunkele, the law enforcement and first responders in the community salute you,” Lamon said.