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    Worcester 6th Annual 6K race


    WFD 6k Race
    The Worcester Firefighters Memorial Race Committee is proud to bring you it's 6th annual 6K race on Sunday June 12th starting in Institute Park. The past five road races have generated over $133,000 in proceeds, which have been donated to local charities and non-profit organizations in the Worcester area.

    It is our intention to once again, this year, donate the proceeds to charities and non-profit organizations right here in the Worcester community, our way of giving back for all the support we have received since that tragic day, Dec. 3rd, 1999.

    The Memorial 6K offers a day of fun for the entire family with free food, live entertainment, raffles, a Kiddie Corner and more. Your support will be a tremendous contribution towards our efforts to give back to the community and pay tribute to our six brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the line of duty.

    Please join us at this year’s event and visit the awards table for your gift in appreciation of your contribution.

    If you have any questions or would like to know this years charities please call John at (508) 829-3184.

    Also, remember that Sh-Booms will be hosting a Post-Race Party starting at 5pm the day of the race. All participants are invited to come join the join the fun.

    Thank you for your time, W.F.D.6K Committee
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    Remember to visit us on-line at www.wfd6k.org

    photo link of race by Barry Smith.
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    Worcester - Bring on the cans and raise Memorial Park funds


    Friday, April 8, 2005

    Bring on the cans and raise park funds

    Firefighters seeking record collection

    By Martin Luttrell TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

    WORCESTER— Redeeming empty bottles and cans taking up space in the house can result in a pocketful of change, but city firefighters are hoping to tap those recyclables for as much as $50,000 and set a record for collecting cans and bottles in one week.

    The firefighters are promoting the collection campaign as a way to honor their six fallen brothers from the Dec. 3, 1999, fire at Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. The organizers aim to collect 1 million cans and bottles to raise at least $50,000 toward construction of Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Park and to establish a benchmark in the Guinness Book of World Records for collecting the most cans and bottles in one week.

    The collection drive will kick off April 25 and take place through April 30. Worcester firefighters are asking residents and businesses to collect and donate cans and bottles that week to benefit the memorial park.

    Returnable cans and bottles can be dropped off at any of the city’s 11 fire stations that week, or at The Five Cents Worth Redemption Center, 192 Harding St., Worcester.

    The campaign is called “The Worcester 6 Fire Fighters Challenge: Yes We ‘Can’ Bottle & Can Drive.” All proceeds will go toward creation of Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Park.

    The Worcester School Department has agreed to encourage participation in the collection drive by all 21,000 Worcester public school students and their families. Other fire departments in Massachusetts and the Worcester Boys & Girls Club are joining Worcester firefighters and schoolchildren in organizing the collection campaign.

    “It’s a positive issue, an environmental issue,” said memorial committee Chairman Michael Donohue. “It gets everyone involved. It doesn’t cost a lot of money.

    “When they restored the USS Massachusetts (battleship berthed in Fall River), they did it with nickels and dimes. It’s a way to get Worcester and the surrounding communities involved.

    “We’re taking a park that has been dormant many years, and restoring that part of the park that’s been let go. It’s going to be a very good project, well worth it. Six firefighters lost their lives looking for two homeless people.”

    The Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Committee is creating the memorial park at a site off Grove Street on Salisbury Pond near Fire Department headquarters and Institute Park. The six men — Firefighters Paul A. Brotherton, Jeremiah M. Lucey and Joseph T. McGuirk, and Lts. Timothy P. Jackson, James F. “Jay” Lyons III and Thomas E. Spencer — died Dec. 3, 1999, during rescue operations in the warehouse, situated next to Interstate 290 in downtown Worcester. Their deaths marked the worst loss of firefighters’ lives in more than 20 years in a building fire in America, and was the third worst fire in Massachusetts’ history.

    “I thought there might be interest in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Lincoln McKee, memorial committee spokesman. “I don’t know how much the school kids will participate, but they could be a great resource.

    “Lt. (Donald) Courtney has e-mailed back and forth with the Guinness World Records people, and there are some criteria to go through, but they have no established record for collecting cans and bottles. We have an opportunity to establish a record.”

    Mr. McKee said approximately $750,000 has been raised so far without a formal fund-raising campaign. The memorial, to be constructed behind the Grove Street fire headquarters, is estimated to cost between $3 million and $5 million for construction.

    Recently, some $35,000 was raised for the memorial by the Worcester IceCats, which auctioned off team jerseys and other items, Mr. McKee said. Some jerseys fetched $1,500 and $1,800.

    “I was shocked at how much they auctioned them off for,” he said. “So far, most of it (funds raised so far) has been by people who come to us.”

    Andrew Dube and Richard Simard, owners of Five Cents Worth Redemption Center, will tally the redeemable containers collected and report the results to Guinness World Records. Guinness World Records will evaluate the validity and significance of the final tally before determining whether an official world record has been set.

    Worcester Fire Lt. Donald Courtney, who originated the idea for the can and bottle drive, has been in contact with officials from Guinness World Records. He said 1 million cans and bottles collected in a week could set a world record.

    “Worcester came together and made news well beyond our borders through the tragedy that struck our six fallen brothers in 1999,” Lt. Courtney said. "Now we want to come together and make news throughout the world by helping to honor the memory of our brothers, and setting a world record in the process."

    The locations of the Worcester fire stations accepting drop-offs of cans and bottles are 141 Grove St., 180 Southbridge St., 424 Park Ave., 41 Webster St., 267 Plantation St., 745 Grafton St., 19 Burncoat St., 1067 Pleasant St., 438 West Boylston St., 100 Providence St., and 80 McKeown Road.

    For stores or taverns with a large volume of cans and bottles, pickup can be arranged by calling the firefighters union office at (508) 831-0519.

    More information about the campaign can be obtained at the Web site for Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Park, www.fallen-heroes.org, or by calling Lt. Courtney at (508) 831-0519.

    Donations to the memorial can be made to Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial on the Web site, www.fallen-heroes.org, or by mail to Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial, 34 Glennie Street, Worcester, MA 01605.
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