From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the first Police & Fire Appreciation Night of the 2016 season. During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome representatives of the Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati Fire Department & Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office – each of whom will offer up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of their respective units.
• From the Cincinnati Fire Department, we welcome pitcher Captain Melissa Arnold – the first female in the 163 year history of the fire department to be promoted to the rank of Captain and catcher Lieutenant Falencia Frazier – the first African-American woman to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the history of the fire department.
• From the Cincinnati Police Department we welcome Police Specialist Tom Sandmann – the 29-year veteran was presented the “Award for Bravery” last week at the Hamilton County Law Enforcement Awards for stopping the suspect, while under fire, who tragically took Police Officer Sonny Kim’s life last year. Tom’s son, Deputy Sheriff Matt Sandmann, will catch the first pitch.
• And from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office we welcome Deputy Sheriff Kevin Statzer

Earlier in pregame we will be joined by two members of the Greater Cincinnati Police and Fire Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Corps, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to honoring the fallen and celebrating the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, for a special performance.

Serving as tonight’s Honorary Captain will be Bre Wolterman. Bre’s husband Patrick was a City of Hamilton firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty this past December.

Prior to the singing of our National Anthem tonight, which will be performed by a veteran of the Lexington, Kentucky Police Department & current Fayette County School Law Enforcement Officer Mr. Van Berry, we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance in the honor of all those who have lost their lives while serving in our fire & police departments, including City of Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman and City of Cincinnati firefighter Jordan Pieniazek.

Firefighter Tedd Schaffer – a 22-year veteran of the Cincinnati Fire Department, will deliver today’s official Game Ball. Tedd, along with firefighters from Ladder Company 3, extinguished the flames of the Power Stacks during a 2015 game at GABP.

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