The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
SERVPRO is a proud supporter of our first responders throughout the country who put their lives on the line every day. To show our gratitude, we held the first ever SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to honor our national heroes.
The First Responder Bowl is more than just a college football game, and SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford was happy to be a part of it. Our franchise got in on the action and sent one of our local first responders to the big game for free, Officer Mario Raimato of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department. Officer Raimato is a driving force in the police department as well as in our local schools and community. He is involved with many organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and the Garage Youth Center to name a few. We provided airfare, a two-night hotel stay, and two free tickets to the game to Officer Raimato and his wife as a thank you for serving our local community. We are always looking for ways to better serve our community and therefore were thrilled to have the opportunity to honor one of our local first responders in this way.
In addition, we sent our very own Marketing Manager, Cliff Masscotte and our Sales Representative, Brian Arencibia to attend the game and help unfurl the American flag on the field with many others who are proud to work at SERVPRO. They were honored to be chosen to do so and to take part in this event for our first responders. The game wasn’t quite what we expected, but it was exciting nonetheless. Due to severe weather conditions, the unfurling of the American flag and the flyover of C-1370 military cargo planes were cancelled as well as the game itself in the first quarter. The unanimous decision was made by emergency personnel, both teams, ESPN and Cotton Bowl Stadium Staff for the safety of the fans and players. We were disappointed that this big event did not turn out like we had hoped. However, the game was to honor our first responders, and we achieved that in a new and unique way. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is excited to do the same at next year’s big game. Rain or shine, we will continue to thank our first responders both locally and nationally in any way we can.
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was held in Dallas, Texas on December 26th in the famous Cotton Bowl Stadium and aired live on ESPN.