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Canton Firefighters Playing for a Cause

Canton firefighters are gearing up for charity hockey and volleyball games.

are helping others on the job and off. Members of the are keeping busy by donating their time to raise funds for local charities.

This Saturday, March 5, the local jakes will hang up their bunker gear and don some hockey skates to raise funds for Journey Forward in Canton. For the past three years, the department has been hosting the event, according to

This year, the Massachusetts Firefighters team will face off against the Boston Police team. All proceeds from the game will benefit Journey Forward, which provides care and physical therapy for those with spinal cord injuries. “This care is very expensive for families and is not covered by  insurance,” Driscoll said.

Hockey fans can head to the in Canton at 7:00 p.m. Saturday to catch the game. Admission is free and there will be raffles and contests.

Not to be outdone by the hockey players, the fourth annual Canton Firefighters Local 1580 Volleyball Tournament is being held on Saturday, March 19 at . All proceeds raised from this annual event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Driscoll said. Supporters who come out to watch the games can enjoy food, drinks and raffles at the after the tournament.

Local volleyball players who wish to enter the tournament can contact Dan Whitley at the at 781-821-5095. The entry fee per team is $125.

Another group of Canton Firefighters kept the fundraising tradition going and competed for the third year in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb on February 5 in Boston. Firefighters John Buckley, , Tom Norton, Brendan Gallagher and Tom Driscoll  “climbed up 82 flights of stairs in full structural firefighting turnout gear...to help raise money for the American Lung Association,” Lt. Thomas Driscoll said. “We managed to raise $1,350.” 

Talk about working out for a great cause.

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