Gig Harbor's firefighters and police officers will be squaring off on the football field next month.
The Gig Harbor Firefighters’ Association has organized a flag football game to raise money for the 9/11 Memorial Garden that will be built in front of Station 51 on Kimball Drive. The participating departments are against , , Washington State Patrol and Federal Way Police.
The game will take place at on Saturday, Sept. 8. Gates will open at 1 p.m. with a kickoff time at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $5 per person.
“Our community received a ,” said firefighter Patrick Phillips. “The Gig Harbor Firefighters’ Association is in the process of designing a Memorial to honor those who gave their lives on 9/11/2001 along with honoring their Families.”
The Memorial will include two seating areas: The first seating area will include a timeline of events and a history of 9/11/2001; the second seating area will include the 900-pound piece of steel.
Imperial Motion, a locally grown company, has helped design shirts specifically for this event. The Fire team will be wearing shirts honoring FDNY. The number 343 is on the back representing the number of lives lost from that department on 9/11/2001. The Police team will be wearing shirts honoring NYPD and New York Port Authority. The number 60 is on the back representing the number of lives those departments lost on 9/11/2001.
A special public shirt has been designed and will be for sale to all who would like to purchase. Shirts will be $25 and available for order at the game in a variety of sizes.
The Gig Harbor Firefighters’ Association will be selling raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses up until halftime. Raffle tickets will be sold at the front gate as well as around the field. The winners will be announced during halftime.
Throughout the game, the 9/11 committee will have a table set up with the latest design for the Memorial. They will also be available to answer any questions regarding the Memorial, the piece of steel, or the experience in traveling to New York to pick up the steel.
All of the money raised from this event will go directly into the 9/11 Memorial Fund.