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Local Officers Compete in Seventh Annual Police Week Basketball Tournament

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Police departments from all over the Southern Tier laced up their sneakers for a good cause at this year's seventh annual Police Week Charity Basketball Tournament. 

The boys in blue came together to raise money for Jackson Vandermark, the four-year-old son of a Johnson City Police Officer. Jackson was diagnosed with Shone's Syndrome and has required multiple heart surgeries, receiving a heart transplant in New York City.

 "Most of us aren't very good at basketball, but it's about being a part of the thin blue line, and being a part of the police family," said Deputy David Schoonover of the Tioga County Sheriff's Department. "It's about helping out one of our own."