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Wayne Valley Dedicates Football Opener To Law Enforcement Officers

Co-Captain of Wayne Valley High School's football team Jake Pluta carries the "Thin Blue Line flag" during the home field opener against Lakeland High School.
Co-Captain of Wayne Valley High School's football team Jake Pluta carries the "Thin Blue Line flag" during the home field opener against Lakeland High School. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Wayne Police Department

WAYNE, N.J.– Wayne police saluted the Wayne Valley High School football team for its tribute to law enforcement during the Indians' home opener against Lakeland.

Co-captain Jake Pluta carried a "Thin Blue Line" flag as the team took the field last Friday.

It didn't go unnoticed.

"We, the members of the Wayne Police Department – and speaking on behalf of our partner law enforcement agencies – can't adequately express our sincere thanks to the Wayne Board of Education for allowing Wayne Valley High School students, teachers and athletes to dedicate the 2016 opening game to all law enforcement," Capt. Laurence Martin said.

"These positive activities serve to bridge the gap between today's youth and law enforcement [and] our school resource officers," the captain said.

At a time when professional football players have sought to bring attention to minority concerns over incidents involving police by staging various demonstrations during the "Star Spangled Banner," Martin applauded Pluta's "courage to stand amongst his peers [while] carrying the flag."

A "Thin Blue Line" also was painted on Valley Road between Preakness Avenue and Nellis Drive in front of the municipal complex.

"Once again, we the members of service in the police department are flattered that this show of support will be visible for all the residents and visitors in our community and serve as a reminder to the sacrifices made by the members of the law enforcement agencies that serve our residents," Martin said.

On Wednesday, Maureen Toussas – on behalf of "Mothers of Wayne" – delivered 139 thermal lunch bags filled with snacks to the township police department, the captain added.

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