SOMERVILLE, NJ - Just for a minute yesterday, Det. Jeanne Trillhaase forgot she was driving in a pink police car, which helped to explain why so many pedestrians, motorists and passers-by were staring at her.
Trillhaase, who works in the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office was one of several dozen police officers who joined with Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, elected officials and civic leaders at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse yesterday to formally unveil three pink police cars, which have been on the road for a few days already as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign to encourage women to schedule annual mammograms to help lessen the incidence of breast cancer.
The cars were parked on the courthouse lawn, surrounded by clusters of police officers, who posed for photos before gathering on the courthouse steps, where Robertson said he hopes more local police departments will "go pink." next year to promote the cause.
"One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime," Robertson said to those gathered in front of the courthouse steps. "Early detection is a key factor in offering more treatment options and increasing survivability."
The Franklin Township Police Department was the first in Somerset County to wrap one of its police cars in pink and was joined this year by the Branchburg Police Department and the prosecutor's office, according to Robertson.
Also speaking were state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-16th, Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine, Deidre Blaus, vice president of the Steeplechase Cancer Care Center at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center/Somerset and Ron Kennedy from the Far Hills Race Meeting Association, which raises money for cancer research at the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, held this year Oct. 19th in Far Hills.
All three cars will be on display at the Oct. 19th event.