Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Team rivalries take many forms, but they often are two sides of the same coin: In this case, Bedford’s first responders – the Town’s policemen and fire fighters –competing in Bedford’s first Flag Football Charity Match.
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Initiated by Bedford football coach Jack Belcher, the match followed the Bedford Bucs team practice and cookout on Tuesday, August 30.
The game had a larger purpose than simple rivalry: “All money raised will be donated to help with medical costs for BHS Alum Dave Ahern ’06,” according to a BedfordBucs tweet. Ahern has been hospitalized in critical condition for more than a week.
The game was well-attended and generated at least two play-by-play tweets by the BedfordBucs. “Sullivan dives into the end zone for the score” and “Touchdown on the first play – Wardwell to Pike”
Police Chief Robert Bongiorno said later, “We were pleased at the turnout for our first flag football game. This fun event served a greater purpose – to raise money for a Bedford community member and friend to Bedford athletics. Thanks to all who came out!”
Chief David Grunes added, “All of the firefighters enjoy participating in an event such as this. It is a fun way to give something back to the community.” The game was especially poignant for some of the fire fighters who know Ahern personally and Bedford Firefighters Local 2310 presented a post-game donation to the organizers.
The Police Department squad won the skirmish by two touchdowns, but Bedford’s community spirit won the game, and the day.
There is a Go-Fund-Me page dedicated to Dave Ahern. Individuals wishing to contribute may do so by clicking https://gofundme.com/daveneedsus.