Our mission is to
Reduce the growing epidemic of first responder suicides
and break the stigma surrounding first responders coming forward for mental health treatment.
Help Us Help Our First Responders!
Beyond The Badge NY solely depends on contributions from the local community and businesses to help provide our officers with seminars, events, and the resources they need.
The Nicholas Mencaroni memorial scholarship
This scholarship was created in honor and memory of a 15-year veteran of the New York City Police. Beyond the Badge awards three $2,500 scholarships to well-deserving, academically promising students.
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Flukes for First Responders
Come out and enjoy a day on the water, to forget the stresses of the job and have some fun with your fellow first responders. This trip is meant to help ease the daily struggles that we all are experiencing.
TRIP IS OPEN TO ALL ACTIVE FIRST RESPONDERS!
Space is LIMITED- Sign up at the link attached.
Friday May 12th, 2023
Boat boards at 7:45am in Freeport
Trip is 8am-12pm- (You will be staying in the bay)
Breakfast – Coffee
$10 Donation to enter the biggest catch contest and win a BIG prize.
50-50 raffle/ Music and fun for all
This event is sponsored by Hooks for Heroes
3rd Annual Hotrods for Heroes Car Show
Please join us as we continue to leave the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health in the rear view mirror!
July 8th, 2023 9-2pm
Rain date – July 15th
SEAFORD LIRR Train Station (Jackson Ave entrance)
$20 donation per car
First 200 vehicles receive swag bags
DJ, Rockwall, Touch a Truck, Food & fun for the whole family
💙 This show is dedicated in memory of NYPD Police Officer Michael Geraldi – former president of Strong Island Stangs who passed away unexpectedly and was committed to breaking the stigma of suicide and mental health awareness
Wall of Remembrance
Featured Hero: Toni Schuck
Florida State Master Highway Patrol Trooper
On March 6th, 2022, Florida State Trooper Toni Schuck went to work like most of us do, expecting a normal day at the “office”. Although, as most of us know, nothing is ever “normal” in the law enforcement profession. This would become evident later that day for Toni.
On this day, Toni was assigned to the Skyway 10K race in St. Petersburg, Florida. The race, at one point, leads runners over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge which covers three Florida counties and serves as the breathtaking setting for the 6.2-mile course. Other than the runners crossing the finish line, the day should have been an uneventful one. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case when a drunk driver from Sarasota, FL drove their BMW at a high rate of speed past traffic barriers meant to keep traffic away from the runners. After several unsuccessful attempts by state law enforcement officers to get the driver to stop, there was one last barrier between the intoxicated driver and the unsuspecting runners… Trooper Toni Schuck.
We can speak from firsthand experience that when faced with emergency situations, the last thing you think of is yourself. Basically, instinct takes over and you do what is needed to resolve the situation quickly and with little to no consequence. This is exactly what happened with Toni.
After hearing that the driver had made it past all the previous barricades, Trooper Schuck, a 26-year veteran of the FHP, realized that she was the last line of defense between the vehicle and thousands of runners. Quickly and selflessly, she proceeded to maneuver her patrol vehicle to block the path of the oncoming speeding car, causing a head on collision between the two vehicles and successfully stopping the driver from potentially causing catastrophic injury to the race participants. Amazingly, only minor injuries from the crash were incurred by Trooper Schuck and the drunk driver which required a brief hospital stay. After the incident, she was awarded several honors including the “Back the Blue” award from Florida’s Attorney General, the “InVest USA Heroism” award, and the “key” to St. Petersburg, Florida. She was also named Officer of the Month for March by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Beyond the Badge NY is proud to recognize Florida State Trooper Toni Schuck for her extreme act of bravery and courage. Her swift actions and disregard for her own personal safety prevented what would have been a disastrous and grave situation. We are grateful for her service and that of every law enforcement officer like her that puts on the uniform to protect life and liberty of the communities they serve. Thank you Toni and God Bless You!