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RiverDogs to Honor Charleston's Fallen Firefighters

June 27, 2007 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Charleston RiverDogs News Release

CHARLESTON, SC - As the Charleston RiverDogs return to action for a six-game homestand that begins Thursday, the memory of Charleston's nine fallen firefighters will be on the minds of everyone at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

General Manager Dave Echols has announced that the RiverDogs will open the homestand with a moment of silence as the team wears black armbands on their jerseys and specially-made CFD caps to honor the Charleston Fire Department. Several members of the Fire Department will be at the games Thursday through Sunday with their boots in hand collecting money for the City of Charleston Fireman's Fund that is established to help raise money for the families of the fallen firefighters.

The homestand features a two-game set against the Savannah Sand Gnats Thursday and Friday, and a four-game series with the Rome Braves Saturday through Tuesday.

Additionally, there will be permanent memorial for the "Charleston 9" in a prominent and appropriate location inside Riley Park with Echols and Fire Chief Rusty Thomas to work on the details in the coming weeks.

Echols also stated that the club will donate $100 to the Fireman's Fund for every home run that the RiverDogs hit at The Joe during the season's second half.

"Like everyone else in the community, the Charleston RiverDogs feel for the devastated families of our fallen heroes," said Echols. "We want to do our part to help."

Additionally, on the Tuesday, July 3 Independence Day Celebration, the team will have an enhanced patriotic theme and will revamp their already-planned Firefighter Appreciation Night on August 6 against Greensboro.

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