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‘They're my family now.' Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights hosts 15th annual Law Enforcement Survivors Day

It's a day to come together, cool off and share some smiles - Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights once again hosted the 15th annual Law Enforcement Survivors Day, where families of those lost in the line of duty can bond and have fun.

News 12 Staff

Jul 19, 2022, 4:42 PM

Updated 704 days ago

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It's a day to come together, cool off and share some smiles - Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights once again hosted the 15th annual Law Enforcement Survivors Day, where families of those lost in the line of duty can bond and have fun.  
Family members of all ages come together to share memories and reflect on their personal losses, and at the same time have some fun. 
“It's fitting they come together for a good day,” says Col. Patrick J. Callahan, of the New Jersey State Police. “It's tragedy, that line of duty death which brought these survivors and families together, but we need to create an opportunity for them to have positive and good memories and that's what today is about."
For the last 15 years, the Storino family, owners of Breakwater Beach, Jenkinson's and Casino Pier, have offered the surviving members these families the opportunity to bond in this summer setting and share some laughs.  Family members say having others to bond with helps the grieving process.  
“This is for the young kids,” says Phyllis Morgan. “The Storino family, what they have done over the years sometimes I don't see the families all year but I try to make it here so I can see them. We bond, we hug, we kiss, it's just great they're my family now. I hope to God I have made an impact on some of them.  
Morgan, better known to the families as Mama Morgan, lost her son Michael 11 years ago. He was an off-duty Newark detective who tried to stop a robbery in Paterson back in November of 2011 when he was shot and killed. 


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