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Local firefighters make Battle of the Badges team

CHAD FOSS, member of the Ossipee Corner Fire Department, will be playing in the 5th Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges in Manchester March 31. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
December 29, 2011
REGION – Three local firefighters have made the team and will be playing in the 5th Annual CHaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) Battle of the Badges hockey game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on March 31.

The event pits firefighters against police officers on the ice to raise money for this children's charity.

Tryouts were held in November and players were selected from 25 cities and towns across the state. Making the cut from Carroll County fire departments are Ossipee Corner Fire Department member Chad Foss, Wolfeboro Fire Department volunteer member Rob Black, and Wolfeboro Fire Department full-time firefighter and Wakefield Fire Department per-diem member Evan Turcotte.

This is the first year these three men have been chosen for the team.

The series is now tied 2-2, with the New Hampshire Firefighters continuing to be led by veteran Team Captain Micky Drouin of Dover Fire and Rescue, and Assistant Captain Perry Plummer, Director of the State of NH, Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services. Dover Police Department's Chris Plummer is returning for his second year as captain of the New Hampshire Police Team. Peter Favreau of Manchester Police Department will join Plummer as Assistant Captain. All team leaders have been with the game since the first year and continue to work on developing the high quality of the game and the fan experience around it.

"Overall, a quarter of the players are either new to the event or are returning after sitting out a year or two, so we're guessing it will be even more competitive than years past – which is hard to imagine! These guys are as serious on the ice as they are on the job," Elizabeth Clarke of CHaD Community Relations explained. "In addition to practicing, all players are hard at work fundraising through March to support vital services that CHaD delivers to sick children and their families. Their commitment to New Hampshire's children is awe inspiring."

Each player must raise at least $1,500 in sponsorships to qualify to play in the game.

Donations are now being accepted at each player's fundraising page or team page at chadhockey.org. Tickets to the game can also be purchased through the website. Last year's event attracted over 5,000 fans and brought in over $200,000 for the children and families of CHaD. Since its inception in 2008, Battle of the Badges total donations have surpassed $610,000.

About CHaD

According to Clarke, as the state's only comprehensive, NACHRI (National Associate of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions) approved, full service children's hospital, CHaD provides an extended system of care that offers advanced pediatric services to children as close to home as possible. CHaD has 156 providers in 31 medical and surgical specialties delivering "big city" medical care as well as outpatient procedures in Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua and Dover. CHaD has the distinction of having the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in northern New England and the only free-standing Pediatric Intensive Care Unit north of Boston.

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