On September 3, Atlantic City police officer Joshlee Vadell was shot in the head in the line of duty. I doubt we need to humanize this catastrophic incident any more but just in case anyone requires an extra tug on your heart-strings, Officer Vadell's wife Laura had just given birth to their baby!
Miraculously, as reported by his doctors, Vadell is expected to make a full recovery. According to Laura, her husband has quite a long road to recovery ahead of him. The community is being asked to assist and support Officer Vadell and his family through their ordeal.
This Saturday, October 22, his fellow police officers, firefighters and first responders are joining forces to skate in a benefit hockey game for the Vadell family to be held at the Flyers SkateZone in Atlantic City, located at 501 N. Albany Ave. Atlantic City.
The friendly match, billed as Hockey Night In Atlantic City, will have the "Blue Knights" , comprised of uniformed and civilian employees connected to the Camden County Police Department, faceoff against "Atlantic City Guns & Hoses", a team of fire and police personnel in Atlantic City.
While I don't expect any 'Old Time Hockey' to be played in this game, lets not forget that we are in Broad Street Bullies territory! The experienced referee prepares for the "Storm & Not the Norm!" So just to be on the safe side, yours truly has been Deputized as a Referee to keep law and order on the ice. I will be joined by my son Ryan, a veteran AHL referee and more importantly a Sergeant with NJ Transit Police Department, in addition to Philadelphia Police Officer Kevin Cuddahy and former ECAC and ECHL official Rick Gallagher working on the lines. We just might carry "cuffs" in addition to our whistles!
This isn't my first Rodeo when it comes to dealing with Old Time Hockey and hooligans on skates. While the enforcers pictured below, Chris 'Knuckles' Nilan and the famous Hanson Brothers, are not participating in this event, let it be a warning to the Blue Knights and Atlantic City Guns & Hoses, that Sherriff Kerry Fraser and his Deputies in Stripes are well equipped to keep the peace!
It should be a fun evening of entertainment for a very good cause. Game time is 6:00 PM.
Please read the article linked here for more in-depth information regarding Officer Vadell and Hockey Night in Atlantic City: