Public Safety Departments Face Off to Raise Money for Local Charities

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Provided by Prince William County

The Prince William County Fire and Rescue and Police departments are setting up for a little interdepartmental rivalry later this month when they meet to play soccer in the Prince William Cup to raise money for four local charities.

The Prince William Cup finals will be played on Sept. 27 at 1 and 3 p.m. at Patriot High School at 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville. Admission is free.

Each department will field teams supporting a charity. The firefighters will be playing to raise money for Operation Warm – More than a Coat, a charity supported by the Prince William Professional Firefighters Local 2598, which collects coats for young children in need. They will also be playing for SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Services which provides family care and services to families in need, said Fire and Rescue Lt. Dan McCleese.

The police teams will play to raise money for CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, which works to address the needs of abused and neglected children. Police will also play to raise money for C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors, which supports the needs of family members of police officers who have fallen or been hurt in the line of duty, said Prince William Police Detective Renee Carr.

The event will also include a moon bounce, raffle prizes, a dunk tank, food and more. McCleese said the fire department will bring a firetruck and a medic unit; and Carr said the police department will bring several police vehicles for children and their parents to see.

“It’s a great community event to see your public safety personnel have a friendly competition,” McCleese said. “I think fire and rescue is going to come out on top.”

“They’re gonna to try,” Carr said.


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