Houston Firefighters to be Honored by Astros, Special 9/11 Commemoration
Houston Firefighters will be honored by the Houston Astros in commemoration of 9/11, during special fire station visits and the Astros versus Phillies game on September 12, 2011 at Minute Maid Park.
Houston Astros players Jason Bourgeois, Clint Barmes, Matt Downs, Carlos Lee and Humberto Quintero, along with former player, manager and broadcaster Larry Dierker, will visit an "adopted" fire station on Monday, September 12, 2011, and present the firefighters with a framed autographed jersey, as well as meet both on-duty and off-duty firefighters and their families. Visits will be between 11am - 12pm at specific stations. This event is not open to the general public. (Media may email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.)
The Houston Fire Department Pipes and Drums will perform "America the Beautiful" as heroes take the field for the pregame ceremony on September 12, and HFD Firefighter Jay Barkdull will sing the National Anthem. HFD Captain Darin Unruh, who, in 2008, was severally burned and in cardiac arrest for six minutes after being pulled from a fire in northeast Houston will be giving the first pitch. Joining him will be HFD Captain Tony Riggens, representing the HFD team that rescued Captain Unruh.
The Astros In Action Foundation will also host a silent auction at the ballpark on Monday to benefit the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, with several items autographed by the players to be auctioned off. The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2006 and is the first foundation in Houston to provide non-governmental funding to Houston's firefighters.