On Feb. 8, law enforcement officers across the state traded in their duty weapons and handcuffs for belaying rope and climbing shoes for the 2020 Climb with a Cop event. The annual event, which was started by Upper Saddle River Local 218, was held this year at six different Gravity Vault indoor climbing facilities, where PBA members joined gravitational forces and belaying skills to raise money for Special Olympics.
Middletown Local 124 and Hazlet Local 189 were two Locals who sponsored a well-attended Climb with a Cop at the Middletown Gravity Vault, where families and members of the community joined for a day of working together to reach great heights. The Locals were also joined by one Oceanport Local 364 member who helped make the event a success.
Meanwhile, Local 218 and Bergen County Sheriffs Local 134 made the climb towards raising $21,500 for the cause at the Upper Saddle River Gravity Vault. At the center of this large effort was Local 218 State Delegate and founder of the Climb with a Cop event Anthony Pulizzano, who has inspired members to keep reaching their goals of raising money for Special Olympics New Jersey.