MOONACHIE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A local police chief kicked off his 30-hour personal mission Thursday to help Sandy victims.
Fairview Police Chief Frank Del Vecchio is running 106 miles from the town of Moonachie, through Hoboken, down to Edison, and then along the Jersey Shore to Seaside Heights in what he calls a “Run For Hope.”READ MORE: 'Today, I Can Rejoice': New Yorkers Hit The Streets After Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty In George Floyd's Death
“It’s 30 hours straight through,” Del Vecchio said. “It’s only fitting that we’re going to be running through some thunderstorm but all the people who suffered from Hurricane Sandy they endured a lot more than we’re going to endure on this 30-mile run.”
DelVecchio made it across the Bayonne Bridge and into Staten Island despite the strong storms pounding the region Thursday afternoon. Del Vecchio said his sneakers being soaked through won’t slow him down.
“We’re running through the thunderstorms and these rains, but it’s nothing compared to what the victims of Sandy actually endured,” he told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “We start to settle into our own lives and there’s still a lot of people in New Jersey and in New York that are actually still hurting. And I think it’s important for us to remember them, don’t forget, let them know that we’re on their side and together we’re going to get through this, we’re going to rebuild and we’re going to be better for it.”