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Firefighters take on law enforcement in second annual charity basketball game

FORT KENT, Maine — First responders from multiple Aroostook County agencies are planning to take their love of community to the basketball court in an attempt to raise money for a local charity on Thursday, May 17.

Firefighters and law enforcement officers prepare for a charity basketball game on Thursday, May 3. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

The second annual Firefighters vs. Law Enforcement Charity Basketball Game will support the Eagle Lake based non-profit organization, “All Things Become New,” which aims to support survivors and caregivers of those who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.  

Eagle Lake and Fort Kent firefighter Robert St. Germain and Fort Kent Police Officer Michael DeLena began the fundraiser last year as a way to give back to the community and demonstrate the bond between firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

At last year’s game, players raised funds for the Fort Kent Community High School Booster Club, to help purchase new lights for the school soccer field.

“We want to do something different every year,” St. Germain said of the first responders’ fundraising efforts. “We’re gonna do the best we can to get as many people as we can to come out and raise money for charity.”

So far, each team has 9 players signed up to play in the charity game, with other firefighters and law enforcement officers prepared to take part at the game by showing their support and instructing children about how both groups of first responders aid the community.

Volunteer firefighters, both active and retired, from the Fort Kent Fire Department and Eagle Lake Fire Department, as well as the Maine Forest Service will take part in the game and even bring along a fire truck. A firefighter will be on hand to explain how the truck and firefighter equipment work and what firefighters do for the community.

Representatives from law enforcement who will take part in the charity basketball game include members of the Fort Kent Police Department, U.S Customs and Border Protection, Maine Warden Service, the Maine State Police, and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.

The law enforcement officers will be available to teach people about police cars, canine units and what they do for the community.

The Dream Wish Dance Team out of Fort Kent will perform at halftime when there also will be a Dash for Cash event where a lucky participant can win $100.

A 50/50 raffle also will be drawn during halftime.

The second annual Firefighters vs. Law Enforcement Charity Basketball Game will take place on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Kent Community High School. Admission to the game is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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