The Wilmington Police and Fire Departments hung up their regular uniforms for ice hockey jerseys on Saturday as they squared off at the 6th annual Wilmington Classic to benefit The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation. As is the case every year, the event was a sell-out at the Skating Club of Wilmington.
Talent, skill, and a bit of on-ice theatrics were on display all night, but the men in blue — the Wilmington Police Department — came out on top by a score of 7-3. It was a exciting night for families who turned out in support of a great cause. The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation is a Wilmington-based charity that fights childhood cancer by funding research and providing financial assistance to families of kids with cancer.
Pre-game activities included a moment of silence for the three Wilmington firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2016 as well as Philadelphia firefighter Lt. Matt LeTourneau who died this morning in the line of duty in North Philadelphia. Following the moment of silence, B+ Hero Victoria Marsh – a childhood cancer survivor from Middletown – participated in the ceremonial puck drop.
All WPD and WFD team members signed hockey sticks for Victoria and B+ Hero, Nathan Silpath, who is in Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and was too sick to attend. A groups of firefighters will be visiting Nathan at A.I. duPont Hospital on Sunday, Jan 7th to present him with his stick.
Photography by Robert Naylor