MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Police Benevolent Association [PBA] Local 284 hosted a fundraising event at Osprey Nightclub on Sunday, Aug. 27 in support of Class I Special Officer Matthew Lyons, who was severely injured in a moped accident at the start of the month.
From 3 to 6 p.m., tickets were sold at the door of the nightclub venue for $30 and included a buffet-style meal, and one drink ticket for supporters to enjoy along with live music from the Joe Baracata Band and a 50/50 raffle to raise funds for Officer Lyon, who was had been in critical condition following a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 6 while riding his moped in Point Pleasant Beach.
According to PBA Treasurer Johne Ringo, over 500 drink wristbands had been distributed within the first hour of the fundraiser. “The community is great, all of the councilmen from the town are here, the mayor is here, it’s a great turnout, especially on such short notice,” he said.
Officer Ringo told The Coast Star that Officer Lyon had been on his way home to get ready for a late night shift roughly two weeks ago when he was in an accident. “He was in really bad shape, to the point that they called us [Manasquan Police Department] to notify his parents,” he said.
Officer Lyon sustained several life-threatening injuries from the accident, including a brain bleed, punctured lungs, a broken collarbone and seven fractured vertebrae and had been in a medically induced coma for just under two weeks in the Jersey Shore Medical Center Intensive Care Unit [ICU] in Neptune.
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