COMMUNITY BLOG: AMERKS INVOLVED ON AND OFF THE ICEBlogs | 1/24/2013 4:49:31 PM | Rob Crean
A busy week of community involvement culminated with the final Amerks Reading Power Play program event of the season as goaltender Connor Knapp appeared at the Pittsford Public Library on Thursday evening.
The week began with the Amerks hosting Hometown Heroes Day to salute our local First Responders, including police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians. Area First Responders were offered a complimentary ticket to the game and were involved throughout the afternoon.
The Amerks wore a West Webster Fire Department patch on their jerseys as a tribute to the victims of the tragic shooting that took place on Christmas Eve, and the game-worn jerseys are now being auctioned off to raise money to benefit the WWFD and the families of the victims. Dozens of members of the WWFD were in attendance at Monday’s game.
Prior to the game, a flag presentation during the national anthem featured 40 combined individuals from the Rochester Police Department, Webster Police Department, West Webster Fire Department and Spencerport Fire Department. During the game, the Webster Explorers Program “passed the boot” in another fundraiser for the WWFD. In addition, the Rochester Police Foundation was on hand to raise funds and awareness for the newly-formed program.
Finally, the day concluded with a charity hockey game between the Rochester Police Department and Rochester Fire Department, with Amerks Alumni skating for both teams. A tightly-contested game ended with the RPD pulling away in the third period and winning 13-6.
The eighth year of the program wrapped up later in the week as forward Evan Rankin appeared at the Henrietta Public Library on Wednesday and Knapp headed out to Pittsford on Thursday.