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Police & firefighter football team in McDonald Memorial Game

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The Phil­adelphia Blue Flame po­lice and fire foot­ball team will pay trib­ute to a slain of­ficer and former team mem­ber on Sat­urday, March 31, in the an­nu­al Sgt. Patrick Mc­Don­ald Me­mori­al Game at Lin­coln Fin­an­cial Field.

Pro­ceeds from the game will sup­port a schol­ar­ship fund es­tab­lished in Mc­Don­ald’s name.

Phil­adelphia will face New York in the con­test with kick­off sched­uled for 4 p.m. It will be the Blue Flame’s 2012 sea­son open­er.

Ad­mis­sion to the game costs $10. Tick­ets are avail­able at the gate or by call­ing 267-278-0589.

Sgt. Patrick Mc­Don­ald was a mem­ber of the Phil­adelphia Po­lice High­way Unit and former foot­ball play­er for Liberty Bell Pat­ri­ots and Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School (Class of 1996). He earned a bach­el­or of sci­ence in crim­in­al justice from St. Joseph’s Uni­versity.

On Sept. 23, 2008, a state pris­on pa­rolee who was wanted on new felony charges shot and killed Mc­Don­ald as the of­ficer chased him on a North Phil­adelphia street. A fel­low High­way Patrol of­ficer shot and killed the sus­pect dur­ing an en­su­ing gun battle.

In ad­di­tion to the Sgt. Patrick Mc­Don­ald Me­mori­al Game, the Blue Flame will face the Chica­go Blaze (away, April 14), the At­lanta De­fend­ers in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for Na­tion­al Po­lice Week (May 12), the San Diego En­for­cers in the Wild­wood “War at the Shore” (May 26) and the Char­lotte Co­bras at Frank­lin Field (June 9). ••

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