Even though the Chicago White Sox unfortunately didn’t bring much to their game against the Cleveland Indians tonight, Underwriters Laboratories did! UL sponsored tonight’s annual “Police & Fire Night” at the game, which the Sox lost 4 to 1 to the American League’s Central Division second-place Indians.
UL has sponsored this event, which pays respect to the thousands of Chicago fire and police professionals for their commitment to protecting the community, for the past four years. I attended as a guest of UL, and I got to enjoy all of the ceremony that went along with it. Upon arriving at U.S. Cellular Field, the sound of bagpipes could be heard. It was a small group of Chicago Fire Dept. and Chicago Police Dept. Pipe and Drum players performing on a small stage near the entrance to the field.
Once inside the park, a pregame ceremony took place in which Chicago firefighter Jason Durbin was presented with the Carter Harrison Award, in honor of his courageous actions in December 2009 that resulted in him saving the life of a woman trapped on the 28th floor of a burning building. Police Sergeant Jason Kaczynski and Police Officer Kimberly Thorp also were recognized for their actions in apprehending a suspect while coming under fire.
UL announced donations to select fire and police charities on behalf of UL and in the names of Durbin, Kacyznski and Thorp. And both Durbin and Kacyznski threw out ceremonial first pitches.
Throughout the game, fans were encouraged to “commit a minute to safety” by visiting www.safetyathome.com, where they can find articles and tips to help keep them and their families safe at home.
This beautiful August evening at the ballpark was complemented by seeing friends and acquaintances from some of the local security companies here in Chicago. The only disappointment tonight was watching my favorite pitcher give up 12 hits! Come on, Sox – you’re only 3.5 games out!