By: Captain Brett Livingston
Every year firefighters from all over the United States and Canada join together in brotherhood, tradition and competition to raise money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy. These men and women, including many from Montgomery County Fire Rescue, use the weekend to come together and celebrate a long tradition of selflessly helping others in need.
The Annual IAFF Muscular Dystrophy National Championship Tournament draws players and spectators from across North America together for the cause. Firefighters of Montgomery County have participated since the tournament's beginning 39 years ago and are the only local team to win the championship in the open division. But it is more than the championship, it is about coming together with fellow firefighters to celebrate the job they love, remember those that have been lost doing the job and to raise money for a cure. It is about helping those stricken by a debilitating disease that often affects children the hardest.
Several of the firefighters in the group pictured below have been part of the tournament since its inception, having played in all 39 tournaments, and some where part of the championship team. This year Montgomery County entered one team in the Open Division and three teams in the Forty and Over Division.
|Photo Courtesy of Captain Brett Livingston|