Township PBA Local Wins Basketball Tournament Fundraiser With ‘Buzzer Beater’

2016 Battle of The Blue Champs

Members of the township PB Local 154 with their tournament trophy. Photo: Franklin Township PBA Local 154.

Submitted by Ken Daly, PBA Local 154.

Franklin Twp. Police Union PBA 154, participated in the 17th annual “Battle of the Blue” at the Rothman Center, Fairleigh Dickerson University in Hackensack.

The tournament is now named the “The Brian Beutel Battle of The Blue” for the fallen Lieutenant of the Bergen County Sheriff Dept. who collapsed during last year’s tournament and later passed away.

“The Brian Beutel Battle of the Blue” is a 16-team, single elimination, basketball tournament.  The Police Departments involved were Franklin Twp., City of Passaic, Port Authority, Teaneck, North Bergen, Union City, Passaic County Sherriff’s office, Fort Lee, Jersey City, Hackensack, Bergen County Sheriff’s office, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Bergenfield, Paterson, West New York and Englewood.

The evening of basketball was sponsored by T.C.F “Tomorrow Children’s Fund,” which helps children with cancer and serious blood disorders.  N.F.L. friends of Franklin Twp. PBA Local 154, Kyle Wilson of the New Orleans Saints and Mike Adams of the Indianapolis Colts, autographed various items that were auctioned off, as well as other notable sport athletes who also autographed various items.

After a grueling night of hard fought basketball Franklin Twp. PBA local 154 outlasted the Port Authority Police in overtime on a last second buzzer beater to win the Tournament.

For further information or wish to donate to TCF go the website: http://www.tcfkid.org/HowYouCanHelp/WaysToDonate.

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