The phone call that came around 10 p.m. on a late November 2010 Friday at the Brattole home in Clark delivered devastating news: 22-year-old Marine Sgt. Michael Brattole was fighting for his life after a grenade tore through his chest while he was leading a patrol in Afghanistan. The ceremony to honor 22-year-old Marine Sergeant Michael Brattole will be held Wednesday evening, December 26th, at Warinanco Skate Rink in Roselle.
Sgt. Brattole is a Clark native, 2006 graduate of ALJ High School, and a former member of its varsity hockey team. This Johnson Crusader was seriously injured in November 2010 when a grenade tore through his chest while he was leading a patrol in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Brattole will be celebrated at the 20th Anniversary Alumni hockey match by his 2006 Varsity Hockey Team, as well as past and present hockey players, and many members of the community. His varsity number will officially be retired and Sgt. Brattole will be given his varsity jersey as a memento from his teammates. There is no admission fee to this event or the public skate and clinic that precedes it at 7:30 p.m. and led by the 2012-2013 team and its coaches.
For more information, or to send Sgt. Brattole your good wishes and appreciation for his service on your behalf, please contact ALJ Hockey Coach Mike Nudo at Michaeljnudo@gmail.com or cell 732-762-7405.