Orange County Fire Rescue went head-to-head with Central Florida law enforcement at the Amway Center during the recent Guns N’ Hoses charity hockey game to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on funding research to identify cures for childhood cancer.
"This is a friendly competition between first responders in our community," said Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd III. "We had a great match and are happy to participate for the second year to raise awareness and money for an excellent cause."
This is the second year that Orange County Fire Rescue has participated in the friendly hockey game. The face-off between Orange County firefighters and the Central Florida Enforcers, composed of a group of law enforcement officers from the region, was held prior to the Orlando Solar Bears game. The Orlando Solar Bears are a professional ice hockey team that plays 36 regular season home games at the Amway Center.
The Fire Rescue honor guard kicked off the celebration and firefighter Oscar Negron sang the national anthem prior to the game.
"This game is a tradition that takes place all over the world to raise money for different charities," said Orange County Fire Rescue Engineer and Paramedic Michael Blatter, president of the Orange County Fire Rescue hockey team. "It also provides an opportunity to bring together our various first responders from the different areas of public safety and it makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful."
The Central Florida Enforcers won the game with a score of 4 to 3. View photos from the game on Flickr.
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