Niagara Gazette — “(The charity hockey game) is one of the only times when the police and fire departments can come together and hang out,” Arist said. “And when we can give a check to a family like Jack’s, that’s just great.”
The Schroeder family needs to raise the $18,000 for Lucy by June 1. A tracker on the webpage, A Dog for Jack, shows they’ve raised $13,101 so far, 72.8 percent of their goal.
Rizzo hopes the hockey game will be the last piece of the puzzle.
“I hope the hockey game will put them over their goal,” the deputy superintendent said.
After years of being dominated by the fire department’s team, Arist said his squad has become more competitive and that makes the event fun for both the players and the spectators.
“We have a lot of good players, I think we’ve got pretty comparable teams now,” Arist said. “That’s good because it gets the crowd excited and they want to come out and watch us play.”
He also praised the rank and file cops and firefighters who both play on the teams and “really step up and sell tickets and get donations.”
“This is my favorite thing that we (police and firefighters) do every year,” Arist said.
The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion. Tickets are $5.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Annual Falls Police vs Firefighters Charity Hockey Game • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 29 • WHERE: Hyde Park Ice Pavilion • COST: Tickets are $5 and available at the door