The Dallas Fire Heat, Dallas Firefighters baseball team announced that they will play the NYPD Finest baseball team on June 26, 2011 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Proceeds from the game will benefit Dallas Fire Lieutenant of Engine 23 A,Dameon Burcie’s young son’s cancer treatment.
This is the fourth time the two teams will meet at bat through the National Police and Fire Baseball Congress, which consists of all police and fire baseball teams from major metro area departments around the county. The sole existence of the league is to give the firefighters and police officers a chance to raise money for charities, families of communities in crisis or families of their own brave men and women.
“It is quality baseball with a whole lot of competition and a great rivalry between NYPD and DFD, but the greatest asset of the games is the beneficiaries,” said Captain Bobby Baker of Ladder Co. 4 and President of the Dallas Fire Heat.
Last year, the Dallas Fire Heat baseball team traveled to New York City to compete in the annual Anthony Vasquez Scholarship Tournament. Anthony was the son of a NYPD officer, Jose Vasequez who was tragically shot and killed in NYC. The NYPD team narrowly beat DFD in the championship round.
“This year it happens to be one of our own here in Dallas,” said Scott Mills, Dallas Firefighter from Engine 3. “Our brother, Dameon Burcie’s son, Dyrk, who is suffering from Stage 4 liver cancer; he is only 3 years old.”
Mills saw this game as a great opportunity to help theBurcie Family, contacted the NYPD team and pitched the idea.
“I called the guys over at NYPD Finest and told them the story of the Burcie family and they agreed to fly down here for one day and play a double header at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco on Sunday, June 26,” Mills said. “We are all a family here and we will do anything to help a brother.”
“I am so proud to be hosting this game right here in Friscofor the Burcie family,” said Frisco Mayor, Maher Maso. “These guys are true heroes and the city Frisco is honored to be involved.”
The team is currently selling 175 tickets to the 4th of July Frisco Roughriders game for $20 with $5 of which goes straight to the Burcie Family! Contact Scott Mills at (214) 335-9497 for your tickets! Tickets include a Roughriders hat, food and fireworks show.
Tickets for the June 26 game are free but they will be accepting donations for the Burcie family at the door.These real life heroes from Dallas Fire and New York City Police will be giving free baseball clinics for kids, taking pictures and signing autographs before the game.