It only looked like a war zone.
Last weekend, about a dozen men from Verona went to Allentown, Pa. to race through 11 miles of snow, fire, mud, cold water and assorted other obstacles for an endurance competition called the Tough Mudder. Dave Freschi and his son Nic were back for their second Tough Mudder. Avron Stoloff, Rudy Frizzi and Board of Education member Glenn Elliot were there, as was a whole contingent from the Verona Police Department’s P.B.A. Local 72: Police Officers Page Parsels, Anthony Condorelli, Tim Banta, Anthony O’Connor, Robert Shafer, and Dave Wardrope.
The event raised money for The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that helps American servicemen and servicewomen who have been severely injured. In 2010, Tough Mudder participants around the U.S. raised in excess of $600,000 for the WWP.
“We decided to enter this event to honor our wounded veterans and to assist them with their recovery,” said Parsels. “The Tough Mudder was a true test of our physical, mental, and emotional limits. Having several colleagues who have been involved in the military and being a veteran myself, it was an honor and a privilege to serve these courageous hero’s of our Armed Forces. It’s because of their sacrifices, is what enables us to enjoy our freedoms each day.”
(Police photos courtesy Ed Carattini Jr, Verona P.B.A. Local 72.)