Recognizing the profound impact of first responders’ service, the Detroit Tigers in collaboration with BELFOR Property Restoration (BELFOR) honored hundreds of local heroes from across the metro Detroit area during a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park on September 12. This initiative is part of BELFOR’s enduring commitment to acknowledging and appreciating the invaluable contributions of first responders in the community.
“First responders put the safety of their communities first, day in and day out,” said Sheldon Yellen, CEO of BELFOR. “On this day each year, our BELFOR family expresses its solidarity for the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th, 2001. It’s an honor to participate in this annual First Responder game as a small token of our gratitude for their heroic efforts.”
The event commenced with two local first responders, Chief Bob Phillips from the Macomb Township Fire Department and Chief Chris Stoecklein from the Canton Fire Department, stepping up to throw the ceremonial first pitches. Catching each of these pitches was BELFOR CEO Sheldon Yellen.
Retired Canton Firefighter Maureen “Mo” Stoecklein, now the Nutritionist for the Detroit Tigers, joined in to throw the third ceremonial first pitch.
“It’s important to thank those who give so much to their fellow citizens, especially in remembrance of the tragic events on 9/11, when our country lost so many brave men and women in uniform,” said Chris Coffman, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Ilitch Sports + Entertainment. “We’re grateful for the heroes in our backyard, and it’s an honor to publicly acknowledge them for their works.”