Ind. police, firefighter softball game honors fallen
Officers and firefighters take the opportunity to remember the fallen and raise funds for a good cause
By Rachel Martin
Indiana News Center
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The 40th Annual Police and Firefighter Softball game was held at The Turners Wednesday evening. It’s a commemorative game held in honor of a fallen firefighter Michael Rager, and fallen police officer Kenneth Stiverson, but this year is extra special.
Bob Amber with FWFD says not only is this softball game played in memory of Stiverson and Rager, who both died in the line of duty in 1969 and 1972, but this year it's being played in honor of Jim Fredrick, the man who founded the game. Amber says Fredrick died this past winter.
This year's fundraiser actually goes to one of the fire department's own, Assistant Chief Michael Miller, who's 15-year-old daughter needs a psychiatric service dog. All the money raised will go towards the training and purchase of the dog, and Miller says his family is honored and humbled by the gesture.
"It's just amazing, and the Police and Firefighters just always come together to help out. Whether it's someone being sick, a death in the family, or anything. They're always there to help out. It's just a humbling experience to be the recipient of that this time,” Miller said.