Officer Damien Garcia will be Honorary Official at annual Police and Fire Charity Football Game
Cape Police Officer Damien Garcia will be the honorary official and will conduct the coin toss at the fourth annual Gene Griffith Memorial Football Game on Saturday, Jan. 30. The kickoff will be at 6 p.m. at Ida Baker High School. The annual football game pits the police officers from Cape Coral and Fort Myers against the firefighters from Cape Coral and Fort Myers.
Officer Garcia has been making significant progress in his recovery from critical injuries suffered on duty after his police motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Cultural Park Boulevard in June 2009. While he still has much work ahead of him, Officer Garcia asked his fellow officers if he could attend and participate in the game. Garcia played in this annual football game in past years, and he wanted to toss the coin to kick off this year’s game. While Officer Garcia made a previous visit to Cape Coral for private gatherings and to attend church, this is the first public appearance for him in the community as a whole.
This is the 11th year that Cape Coral has been involved in the football game. The game formerly was the Blues vs. Blaze game but was renamed three years ago. The annual event has raised more than $100,000 for local charities. This year’s featured charities include the Fire Benevolent Fund, Children’s Cancer Center of Southwest Florida and the Youth Crime Intervention Program.
The game is named for Gene Griffith, a former Cape Coral firefighter and brother of former Fort Myers Police Captain Scott Griffith. Gene was a long-time supporter of the annual gridiron battle, and he lost his battle with cancer two years ago.
Last year, the Blues (Police) defeated the Blaze (Firefighters) by a score of 16-14. Admission to this year’s game is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children younger than 12 are free. Scrappy and Country Kim from 105.5 “the Beat” will be emcees for the game.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department