Springfield Thunderbirds honor first responders in Home Town Heroes game

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In a time where public trust in law enforcement is lacking, the Springfield Thunderbirds felt it was important to put the spotlight on local law enforcement and to remember loved ones lost.

In the third sold-out game of the year, the Springfield Thunderbirds hosted its third annual Home Town Heroes game Saturday night against the Providence Bruins.

Honoring Springfield police, fire and first responders for their service, Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa told 22News why the team feels it’s important to honor the city’s local heroes.

“We’ve got great relationships with our police, fire and EMTs and all first responders,” said Costa. “So, tonight, we’re really putting the spotlight on the Ride to Remember. We have a great relationship with John Delaney. Also, celebrating some Marvel characters.” 

And not all heroes wear capes, but on Saturday night, Pioneer Valley’s everyday heroes were honored.

Hundreds of fans filled the Thunderdome showing their appreciation for local law enforcement who risk their lives on the job every day.

“We’re just honored that the men and women of the Springfield Police Department and the surrounding area departments are being honored,” said Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri. “I can’t thank the team enough, it’s phenomenal.”

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi also appreciated the honor, “It’s a huge morale boost for the troops, you know, everyone being out here, being involved. The local community supporting everybody, it’s a great night.”

The Thunderbirds lost to the Providence Bruins 4-3. The two teams face each other again on Sunday.

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