LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the second consecutive year, the men and women of the Livingston Police Department (LPD) have added a little color to their fall wardrobe, sporting specially made pink patches on their uniforms throughout the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The full Breast Cancer Awareness Uniform also includes a pink name tag and a pink badge.
“We all know someone who has been personally impacted by the devastating effects this disease,” said Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz, who immediately offered his support when Officer Kelli-Ann Mallek first approached him about participating in this nationwide initiative. “As members of the Livingston community, the police department is always willing to show our support.”
Det. Kevin Mullaney, who was a member of Livingston’s Community Policing Unit at the time, helped to turn this concept into reality.
Working off of the standard Livingston Police Patch, Mullaney designed Livingston-specific Breast Cancer Awareness Patches in order to provide his fellow officers with a unique look. He also recruited various members of the community who were willing to assist with this flagship initiative.
“We are always excited to partner with the community,” said Mullaney. “I knew that we would find some enthusiastic participants.”
Margie Heller, Vice President of Community Health and Strategic Global Partnerships at RWJBarnabas Health, and Monte Ehrenkranz, Vice President of Business Development at Regal Bank, were the first to answer Mullaney’s call.
In addition to providing the funds for the patches last year, Heller and Ehrenkranz also donated custom Livingston Police Breast Cancer Support T-Shirts that were sold to the public.
According to Mullaney, all of the T-shirts, printed by Richard Shue of Collegemania, were sold—resulting in more than $2,500 that has been donated to the Breast Cancer Research Center at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Center.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LPD did not sell Breast Cancer Awareness shirts this year.
In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the Livingston program and in recognition of the generosity of RWJBarnabas Health and Regal Bank, Marshuetz, Cpt. John Drumm and Cpt. Tom Smith presented Heller, Ehrenkranz and Shue with plaques.
Livingston resident Mickey Ennis, a special education teacher at Livingston High School who is in charge of the CIP Program, provided the plaques at no cost. Although he was unable to attend the ceremony, Ennis will also receive a plaque to acknowledge his efforts.
“It was a true community effort from top to bottom,” said Marshuetz. “The Livingston Police Department is always grateful for the support of the community, and we will proudly wear these patches for many Octobers to come.”
Livingston Patrol Officer Levecy DeOliveira, who lost his own mother to breast cancer, also commended the department for participating in this initiative.
“I am so thankful for the support that goes into Breast Cancer Research, and it is comforting to be reminded of that support every October,” said DeOliveira.
Anyone who purchased a shirt last year and has not received the order is urged to contact Mullaney directly at 973-992-3000 x3251 or email@example.com to arrange pick up.