Red vs. Blue

Published 9:44 pm Monday, April 21, 2014

Antonio Diggs of the Suffolk Police Department evades a tackle attempt by Steven Speight of the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue during a flag football game last year. The firefighters will attempt to redeem themselves and score a win in the series with another round on May 10.

Antonio Diggs of the Suffolk Police Department evades a tackle attempt by Steven Speight of the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue during a flag football game last year. The firefighters will attempt to redeem themselves and score a win in the series with another round on May 10.

Suffolk’s firefighters will be looking for their first win this year in the annual series of games between the fire department and the men in blue.

The police department has two straight wins in the public safety match-up that benefits the fight against cancer, so the firefighters are hoping to get on the board this year.

“It was actually a very close game (last year), and it came right down to the end to decide a winner,” Fire Chief Cedric Scott said of the 2013 overtime loss. “Hopefully this time, we won’t let the game get so close, and we can put some points on the board.”

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This year’s game will take place at 11 a.m. May 10 at Peanut Park, 308 S. Saratoga St. Entry is a $5 donation, and concessions also are available for purchase.

All the money will go toward helping find a cure for cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Scott hopes plenty of people will come out to support the cause and enjoy the game.

He said the collegial atmosphere at the game mostly includes family and friends of the players as well as other members of the departments, but the public is welcome to attend.

“If you like good, old-fashioned rivalries, this is the game for you,” he said. “We’re looking forward to competing and having a good time and teaming up with the police department. It’s a great event, and it’s a great venue in our beautiful city.”

Call 514-7908 for more information on the game.