A letter from the Director of the Guns Vs Hoses Charity Event
The Goodyear Police and Fire Unions have been playing in an annual charity football game since 2006. The 6th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Football game will be held at the Desert Edge High School Football Field. The game is going to be played on November 5, 2011 at 6:30pm. The money raised from this event will be donated to help two great causes.
Jared Clifford is a Goodyear Fire Fighter who is one of the nicest men I have ever meet. Jared and his wife had their first child on July 28, 2011 and she was born with some problems. Below is the story about their daughter Ryan and her story. The police and fire members are going to do everything they can to help Jared and his family financially through this tough time in their lives.
Ryan Lynn Clifford blessed us all with her presence on July 28, 2011. Ryan was born with a chromosome 2 disorder that was detected in March through the ultrasound. At the time, they discovered the spina bifida and the heart condition, but knew little on the extent of each. Chromosome 2 is so rare, that only 25 cases have been reported, all ranging in symptoms and severity. Since Ryan’s birth, she has had surgery to repair the damaged skin, a shunt placed in her brian, and shunt placed in her brian, and a shunt placed in her heart to open her pulmonary artery. She has over come each obstancle she has been handee and each time bringing about a new miracle and exceeding every expectation that doctors had. Click here to access Ryan’s Blog.
Buckeye Officer Tirado was killed May 1 during a gunbattle in Phoenix, where he and fellow Officer Christopher Paz were working off duty as security. Paz was critically wounded and has been recovering at home. The shooter was killed.
Tirado will be inducted into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington next May during National Police Week. The memorial is a monument to federal, state and local police officers who have died in the line of duty.
Each year during National Police Week, the names of officers who were killed the previous year are engraved onto one of the walls of the memorial, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the non-profit organization that maintains the memorial.
The Police Department plans to send Tirado’s wife, Ana, two children, and other family members to the nation’s capital to participate in the induction ceremony and weeklong events, where they can see counselors and meet others who have lost a loved one and support each other, Driscol said.
The department also will send Paz and his family to the events to help with their recovery, as well as officers who knew Tirado to serve as escorts for his family to ensure all their needs are met during the trip.
The department needs to raise at least $30,000 to send the families to Washington and cover event costs.
In the last five years, with the help of many great sponsors, the Goodyear Police and Fire Unions have been able to raise and donate over $18,000 to remarkable public safety families across the valley. Any donation given will be 100% tax deductible as allowed by law through the United Goodyear Firefighters Charities #61-1519478. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number/email listed.
Hope to see you there!