December 29, 2012
Lancers help raise more than $3,500 for West Webster Fire Dept. victims
ROCHESTER, N.Y.. -- The Rochester Lancers on Friday announced the amount generated from Thursday night's boot drive to benefit families of the West Webster Fire Department victims, reached more than $3,500.
|Lancers Louie with the West Webster firefighters, who helped raise more than $3,500 for the shooting victims in Rochester, N.Y.
Photo courtesy of the Rochester Lancers
The Lancers dropped a 14-12 home decision to the Milwaukee Wave in the Major Indoor Soccer League game.
West Webster firefighters and their families attended the game, on field for a moment of silence, Throughout the arena with firefighter boots accepting donations.
A crowd of 5,203 came together to support those affected by a community tragedy and donate to the families. All Lancers in-game promotions also raised money for this cause. Funds from the Lancers halftime ball toss and halftime kicks went directly to WWFD. In remembrance of the victims, players from both teams wore black armbands. Each team’s coaching staff, ownership group, and front office staff wore black ribbons.
“The support of the community is overwhelming,” said Kevin Crouch, public information officer for the West Webster Fire Department. “Words cannot express what we’re experiencing from the community.”
Two firefighters were shot and killed when they battled a fire on Monday, Dec. 24. They were Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka.
The Lancers host the Baltimore Blast on Tuesday at 4 p.m.