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Area police, firefighters to play for Special Olympics

April 21, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff Writer ( , The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - More than 40 Brooke County law enforcement officers and firefighters will be trading their uniforms and fire gear for football helmets, jerseys and pads when they face off in a football game Aprili 30 to benefit the Brooke County Special Olympics program.

The gates will open at 5 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. at Brooke Memorial Stadium.

Admission is $5, with children 10 and under admitted free. A $2 parking fee also will go to Brooke County Special Olympics.

The game will pit members of the Brooke County and Weirton lodges of the Fraternal Order of Police against members of 11 fire departments from Weirton and Brooke County.

Many of them played on winning football teams while in high school.

They include: Brooke County FOP member John White, who played for the 1985 state championship-winning Brooke Bruins, and Brooke County FOP President Larry Palmer was quarterback for the 1987 Brooke team that was state runner up.

Weirton FOP Lodge 84 member Scott Cook played for Weir High School from 1996 to 1999 and Washington and Jefferson College from 2000 to 2003.

And Weirton firefighter Dan Mastrantonio played for Weir and Robert Morris University. The event also will include a Chinese auction, with tickets to Wheeling Nailers and Washington Wild Things games, passes to Brooke Hills Park, tickets to Marquee Cinemas among the many items up for bid.

Baked goods and refreshments also will be sold.

FOP members thanked, for their support, Lauttamus Communications, Wine and Beverage Merchants, NC Sportz and the Brooke County Board of Education, which has allowed the players to use Brooke High School's football stadium, which staff prepared for the occasion; and its wellness center for practices.

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