The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers has partnered with the Ventnor City, New Jersey Police Department to create it’s newest Patrol Cruiser.

“I saw first-hand how that incident devasted their family and impacted that community,” said Ventnor City Police Chief Joseph Fussner, Jr.

Fussner was a rookie police officer when John R. Elliott was killed by a drunk driver in July 2000. Chief Fussner’s parents (Joe and Anne Marie) were Bill and Muriel Elliott’s next-door neighbors in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey at the time of John’s tragic death.

”We are proud to partner with the HERO Campaign to put this community-policing vehicle on the road with its messaging aimed at putting a stop to drinking and driving. This eye-catching, colorful addition to our Ventnor Police Department fleet will help remind our city’s residents and visitors not to drink and drive, and to plan for a designated driver to get everyone home safely,” said Fussner.

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Ventnor is the eleventh city to date to join the HERO Campaign with a DUI prevention vehicle, joining:

  • Atlantic City
  • Evesham Township
  • Linwood
  • Lower Township
  • Middle Township
  • Ocean City
  • Longport
  • Sea Isle City
  • Pleasantville
  • Vineland

The police cruisers are decorated very distinctly and brightly in the “HERO” Blue and Yellow colors.

The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers
The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers

“We’d like to thank Fabietti, Hale, Hammerstedt & Powers, PA for sponsoring the Ventnor police vehicle wrap,” said HERO Campaign Founder and Chairman Bill Elliott, John’s father.

“They’ve really stepped up to the plate in support of the HERO Campaign by sponsoring this vehicle wrap and another one to replace Linwood’s HERO police vehicle.”

“We would never have been able to make the great strides in our mission to promote the use of designated drivers without the financial and volunteer support of businesses and individuals in our community,” said Elliott.

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