The week leading up to this game, Don Zender and Apex Fire Services used their connections to arrange for student-athletes from our Men’s Ice Hockey team to visit the Columbus Fire Academy and the Columbus Police Academy to learn more about what they do and also to interact with members from each of their hockey teams. Photos and videos from this visit were used to promote these games further.
Ohio State/Apex Fire Services Game Elements
Pre-game there was an interactive display of emergency vehicles, fire apparatus, SWAT vehicles, K9 and horse mounted patrol as well as First Responder personnel.
A knocker ball soccer game at an Ohio State intermission featuring members of the Columbus Fire Hockey team against the Columbus Police Hockey team to promote and encourage fans to stay after the game for the First Responders game.
First Responders/Apex Fire Services Game Elements
The Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums performed with the Ohio State Band during the period between the Ohio State and First Responders game to entertain fans.
A remembrance video was created by Apex Fire Services that served as a tribute video all of those First Responders across Ohio who made the ultimate sacrifices and loss their lives while protecting and serving those in our communities.
A puck drop was performed by Columbus Firefighter Mark Rine. In 2012, Mark was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma and is the Director of the non-profit Skin Love foundation that provides education and training to firefighters in an effort to prevent cancer. Mark has been instrumental in getting Ohio Senate Bill 27 passed, a law that provides Ohio firefighters medical and pension coverage if they are diagnosed with cancer from their career as a firefighter.
There were raffle tickets sold by Apex Fire Services throughout the First Responders Game for prizes and proceeds benefitted the Get Behind The Badge charity and the International Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation.