WOODLAND PARK, NJ - At the June 19 Borough Council meeting, Councilwoman Tracy Kallert and Councilman Vincent DeCesare presented checks from funds raised from the fifth annual Families Behind the Badge softball tournament.
A check for $7,000 was given to the NJ State PBA Survivors Fund and $2,500 was given to the family of the late Paterson Police Officer Tamby Yagan, who was killed in a one-car vehicle crash while on duty and left behind a 4-year-old son.
Organized by Councilwoman Kallert, Councilman DeCesare and Kaitlyn Kallert, the event pit teams of North Jersey police officers against each other, honored officers that have given their life in the line of duty and their families, and raised funds to assist those surviving families via the State PBA Survivors Fund.
This year’s event honored Tamby Yagan #4649, who had served with the Paterson Police Department for 13 years and had previously served as a volunteer firefighter for the Prospect Park Fire Department. He left behind a 4-year-old son.
Also at the meeting, the Mayor and Council presented a custom cigar table to Anthony Colandro, CEO and Founder of Gun For Hire, for his support of the event annually, as well as numerous other entities in the Borough. "He literally cannot say no," Councilwoman Kallert said about his willingness to help when asked.
The proceeds of the 50/50 from the event, which was $6,500, was also presented to the Paterson Police Department that evening. The Paterson Police team was also the winner of the round robin softball tournament.