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04/16/2014 - 2:16pm

(April 14, 2014)… The Rochester Knighthawks will hold “First Responder Night” on Saturday, April 19th when they host the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. 

The game has special meaning for the Knighthawks, who have five first responders on their roster, beginning with Assistant Coach Paul Day, who works as a Niagara Regional Police Service Sergeant. Rochester also boasts Burnaby, BC firefighter Joel McCready and Brampton firefighters Jon Sullivan, and Dan and Paul Dawson.

“It’s a great opportunity to not only play for two great causes and raise some funds, but to unite a community,” said Dan Dawson. “First Responder Night is something that is obviously close to home for Paul and I, and we’ll be excited to represent the City of Rochester with pride.”

As part of the event, the Knighthawks will raise money for the two organizations dedicated to first responders. The Knighthawks Charitable Foundation, Inc. will donate $5 of the $15 from each ticket sold in the 200-end seating section to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Badge of Honor Association. 

The Badge of Honor Association (B.O.H.A.) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Western New York. Established in 2007, B.O.H.A. helps to promote camaraderie within the law enforcement community and to build strong ties between departments and the citizens for whom they serve. Click here to purchase tickets to support the Badge of Honor Association. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling Derek Anderson at (585) 454-4295, ext. 3042 and mentioning First Responder Night.

“It’s really important the job we do day-to-day, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. When you are in that position you have families that worry about you when you go to work for 12 hours. It makes me really enjoy coming here and coaching lacrosse and also makes me appreciate my job on the streets,” said Day, whose NLL and police careers both started in 1991. “Both are team environments. Your family sacrifices a lot when you are on the road with lacrosse and when you are putting your life on the line every day. It’s important for everyone to give back, especially when someone has passed and gives their life for the community.”

Throughout the game, the Badge of Honor Association will present awards to law enforcement officers who have performed heroic acts during the past year.

The Knighthawks will also support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that honors and remembers America's fallen fire heroes and provides resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has led a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters since its creation by Congress in 1992. Click here to purchase tickets to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling Charlie Ragusa at (585) 454-4295, ext. 3032 and mentioning First Responder Night.

Knighthawks defensemen Jon Sullivan and Paul Dawson encouraged fans to support their firefighting brothers and sisters, and all first responders.

“I think it’s great. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics do a lot in the community. They are saving lives and keeping the streets safe,” said Paul Dawson. “Anytime time you can support them, because they give so much back to the community, is huge.”


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