ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Police Chief James Simonetti’s campaign to buy trauma kits for all Roxbury schools has been bolstered by donations from two township businesses.
Signarama of Ledgewood and W. Kodak Jewelers of Succasunna each contributed $500 to the cause, said Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford. He said the $1,000, combined with contributions from the Rotary club and the Roxbury Patrolmen’s Benevelent Association, is “literally enough” to reach Simonetti’s goal.
In fact, Alford said he and the chief have discussed expanding the effort. “We’re actually now talking about maybe placing one at the public library and maybe at the Roxbury recreation center,” said Alford. Having the kits at dispersed locations will help police and other first-responders save lives if traumatic injuries take place, he said.
Signarama co-owner Mike Grivalsky said he decided to donate money because it would be worthwhile “if only one child’s life is saved” by the presence of a trauma kit. “I thought that, with it being for the whole school community, it was a donation worth giving,” said Grivalsky. “It’s nice to know the chief and the Rotary Club sparked this up and got people aware of the situation. I feel that it’s a worthy cause.”
Although Simonetti discussed the need for the kits in light of potential school shooting incidents, Grivalsky - a former Roxbury Rotarian who’s been in business in Ledgewood for 16 years - said the kits will be vital in less dramatic incidents as well.
“Whether it’s shooters or not, it’s nice to have access to something like that,” he said. “God forbid somebody puts their hand through a window or something.”
W. Kodak Jewelers General Manager Chris Cafaro said he donated because he wanted to help protect Roxbury's children and because the police have always been helpful to his business. "We always donate to the Roxbury Police Department," said Cafaro. "They always help us out with security ... And of course it's important to keep our community safe."
Simonetti told the Rotary Club that Roxbury schools would be the first in Morris County to become equipped with the kits. Alford said word about the trauma kit campaign is spreading rapidly and has put Roxbury at the forefront of preparedness.
“I think this is going to end up being a really groundbreaking thing,” he said. “We are getting word from all types of people about how groundbreaking this is.”