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Ready to leave it all out on the field

Firefighters, Special Olympians to meet up in flag football battle

PREPARING FOR THE BIG GAME — Members of the Weirton Firefighters IAFF Local 948, on Wednesday, presented representatives of the Hancock County Special Olympics with $250 in support of the program. This Saturday, beginning at noon on Edwin J. Bowman Field, Weirton firefighters will be facing off against Special Olympians in a charity game of flag football. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Weirton firefighters and area Special Olympians will be facing off Saturday in a battle of the gridiron.

Members of the Weirton Firefighters IAFF Local 948 and representatives of Hancock County Special Olympics will compete Saturday in a charity game of flag football. The game will begin at noon at the Edwin J. Bowman Ballfield located in Weirton Municipal Plaza. Admission is $5.

“We’re excited,” Lt. Jim Brueck, president of IAFF Local 948, said.

He explained the Special Olympics group reached out to the IAFF about putting together an event, noting Weirton’s firefighters often compete in charitable games against local police officers, high schools and other groups.

“Firefighters are definitely competitive in nature,” he said, noting it is good to be able to contribute to the community.

Brenda Ocobock, director of the Hancock County Special Olympics, said the athletes have been preparing for the game, and are ready to play.

“They can’t wait until Saturday,” she said.

Marissa Chiodi, who has been coaching eight cheerleaders for the team, agreed.

“They’re really excited to come out,” Chiodi said.

To aid in the effort, Wednesday, members of the IAFF presented a $250 donation in support of the Special Olympics program.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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