Police & firefighter football team earns playoff appearance

Des­pite suf­fer­ing its first loss of the sea­son on May 21 in the Rose Bowl in Pas­adena, Cal­if., Phil­adelphia’s po­lice and fire foot­ball team, the Blue Flame, has qual­i­fied for a post­season game in the Na­tion­al Pub­lic Safety Foot­ball League.

The Blue Flame will travel to face the Chica­go En­for­cers on June 25 in the NPSFL Di­vi­sion II cham­pi­on­ship game.

The En­for­cers are uni­formed mem­bers of Chica­go’s po­lice de­part­ment.

Phil­adelphia will enter the game with a 3-1 league re­cord on the strength of wins at home over the New York De­part­ment of San­it­a­tion Strongest, the Wash­ing­ton (D.C.) Gen­er­als and the Clev­e­land War­ri­ors. The Blue Flame also has beaten the New York De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions in a non-league home game.

The Blue Flame lost in the Rose Bowl to the L.A. Heat, a team of fire­fight­ers and sher­iffs from Los Angeles County. A win in that game would have pro­pelled Phil­adelphia in­to the Di­vi­sion I cham­pi­on­ship con­test.

Due to the un­ex­pec­ted post­season road trip, the Blue Flame is seek­ing ad­di­tion­al spon­sors.

The club is a re­gistered non-profit or­gan­iz­a­tion with the mis­sion of rais­ing money for nu­mer­ous loc­al char­it­ies, in­clud­ing the Po­lice Sur­viv­ors Fund, the Phil­adelphia Fire Wid­ows Fund and a sum­mer camp for dis­abled chil­dren. The Blue Flame has donated $193,000 to loc­al char­it­ies since its found­ing in 2004. To be­come a spon­sor or for more in­form­a­tion, call the Blue Flame ex­ec­ut­ive board at 267-278-0589 or vis­it www.blue­flame­foot­ball.com ••

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