Suffolk Police and county sheriff’s deputies host basketball fundraiser for veterans

Two police departments played basketball on Saturday to help Long Island veterans in need.

Suffolk County Police went to Suffolk Community College Court to play against Suffolk Sheriff’s Deputies.

Registration fees and other donations have all gone to support 9/11 Veterans, a grassroots group dedicated to helping veterans with direct financial assistance.

“A few days ago, we actually provided oil assistance to a veteran, emergency rent mortgage payments — whatever was financially necessary,” said 9/11 veteran John Jex.

“You know, Suffolk County is the largest home for veterans in New York State, so this is extremely important, not just to me. I’m sure the police department in our entire community supports the men and women who defended our country,” said Suffolk Sheriff Errol Toulon.

Toulon said he was more of an ice hockey player than a basketball player, but Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison adapted and may have hit hardwood to help solidify the victory of departments 56-45.

“It was a good day and it was nice to get the win,” Harrison said. “But at the end of the day, it’s about partnerships and raising money for a good cause.”

“You know, Commissioner Harrison looked great there. Congratulations to the Suffolk County Police Department on their win. But I can tell you they won’t beat us at ice hockey,” Toulon said.

9/11 veterans said the fundraiser will raise several thousand dollars, which they say will go to help several veteran families right here on Long Island.

9/11 Veterans added that since its inception in 2008, it has distributed $1 million to veterans on the island.

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