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Residents Running for Injured Officer

Ladies will run their own marathon to raise money to help officer Bob Franco. Franco suffered a severe spinal injury when a car fell on his patrol car during Hurricane Sandy.

Two Wayne residents are running this weekend in support of a Wayne police officer who was seriously injured while responding to Hurricane Sandy.

Danielle Hasenbein and Hara O’Dowd will run 26.2 miles around Packanack Lake on Sunday to raise money for officer Bob Franco and his family.

Franco suffered a severe spinal injury when a tree fell on the patrol car he was in during Hurricane Sandy on Monday. He remains immobilized at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson. His injury is severe.

Chief John Reardon has said that Franco will take a “long time” recover.

The girls were scheduled to run in the New York City marathon but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the event amidst public outcry.

“We want to honor him by rallying our community to raise money for him and his family,” Hasenbein said.

The girls are looking for sponsors to donate at least $1 for every mile they run. Others may join the girls as they run.

Route details and a start time will be publicized tomorrow, Hasenbein said.

Information about donating online can be found here.

In related news, resident and runner Seth Ruderman, who was also supposed to run in the marathon, is collecting donations of food, water, warm clothes, and blankets Saturday. Donations will be distributed to New York City food pantries.

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Kathleen Stix November 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
That is awesome ladies. Kudos to the both of you!!!
Alex November 03, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Amazing!! You ladies are an inspiration.
David signet November 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Awesome idea. You guys rock! Hara please count me in for $10.00 a mile. Good luck. David signet
Jane Ruffo November 03, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Love what you're doing!
Jody Smith November 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
good luck Ladies!! We'll be at your finish line you so deserve!!
Seth Ruderman November 04, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I can't run tomorrow (my story is linked) but...I was looking to run one too. If you can send me your course, I will run the same 26.2 next weekend to honor this hero. Good luck out there...show me how it is done.
Deb Strunk November 04, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Thank you all for the support you all are giving to my cousin, Officer Franco
Jane Vivino November 04, 2012 at 03:35 PM
That's wonderful ladies!
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 04:08 PM
That is what makes Wayne such a great town to live in. Neighbors helping neighbors. THANK YOU LADIES !!!
Lynn November 05, 2012 at 01:46 AM
What a great idea. You are both examples of what is right in our world. We are all proud of you! Lynn
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