Rochester Firefighters to Play in CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Game

Rochester Fire Department
Mark Klose, Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-769-5193
Email: [email protected]

Rochester Firefighters to Play in CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Game

ROCHESTER — Two Rochester firefighters will once again play in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock (CHaD) Battle of the Badges baseball game. 

Entering its eighth year, the CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic pits local police officers and firefighters against one another to benefit the kids and programs at CHaD. This year’s game will be played tomorrow evening, Aug. 10, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. 

To mark the occasion, Firefighters Seth Wentworth and Duane Marsh welcomed their respective buddies from CHaD, 12-year-olds Chris Hobbs and Isabella Cottrell to the fire station yesterday afternoon. 

Hobbs battled against brain tumors that caused him to lose some of the movement in his body, but Wentworth is quick to point out that in the three years he’s known him, Hobbs has never been slowed down by anything.

Firefighters Wentworth and Marsh are each playing in the classic for the third time, as part of their continued support of CHaD and kids — including their buddies — who benefit from its programs.

“The baseball classic is a lot of fun because it gives us a chance to raise a lot of money for a great cause,” Wentworth said. “I really enjoy spending time with Chris and seeing how much all of the kids love seeing us play.”

Each player is required to raise at least $1,250 on behalf of CHaD, and the team that raises the most money is awarded home field advantage for the following year’s game. Police officers and firefighters have collectively raised over $93,000 so far and are continuing to work toward a goal of $125,000. To donate to Team Fire, click here.

“Whether we win or lose, the game is ultimately about the kids we’re supporting,” Marsh said. “They end up winning no matter what.”

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Rochester Fire Department and Rochester Professional Firefighters Local 1451 Donate School Supplies to Kids in Need

Rochester Fire Department
Mark Klose, Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-769-5193
Email: [email protected]

Rochester Fire Department and Rochester Professional Firefighters Local 1451 Donate School Supplies to Kids in Need

ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose and the Rochester Professional Firefighters President Sam Morrill are pleased to report that the Rochester Fire Department and its members donated school supplies to kids in need. 

Rochester Firefighters filled 12 bags of school supplies and donated them to Service Credit Union’s Pack A Pack drive. The bags were filled with several items, including: 

  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Pocket Folders

The items, which were purchased by the department and its members, will be provided to area children to help ensure they have what they need to succeed once the school year begins. 

“I’m proud of the work that our firefighters and staff have done to collect these supplies for kids in our community,” Chief Klose said. 

“This is a great way for us to give back and help make the start of the school year as smooth as possible for Rochester’s students,” Firefighter Morrill said.

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*Media Advisory* Rochester Residents Invited to Attend Events Featuring Gov. Sununu and New Hampshire Executive Council

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

*Media Advisory*

Rochester Residents Invited to Attend Events Featuring Gov. Sununu and New Hampshire Executive Council

ROCHESTER — City Manager Blaine Cox is pleased to announce that community leaders will showcase and recognize various projects in Rochester next week during a special visit from Gov. Chris Sununu and the New Hampshire Executive Council.

WHO:

  • Gov. Chris Sununu
  • New Hampshire Executive Council
  • Business leaders from Safran and Albany
  • City and public school leaders

WHEN: 

Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

  • Advanced Technology and Academic Center, 5 Milton Lane, Suite 32 (8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.)
  • Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St. (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • City Hall Annex, 33 Wakefield St. (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

WHAT:

Gov. Sununu and the New Hampshire Executive Council will visit three location in Rochester, beginning with a breakfast ceremony where leaders will recognize the contributions of Safran and Albany to the community.

The breakfast session will also feature presentations from Advanced Technology and Academic Center (ATAC) leaders as well as administrators from Spaulding High School and R.W. Creteau Technology Center, who will discuss the critical importance of technical and career based educations.

Following a tour of the ATAC, the group will move on to the Rochester Opera House for a program that will include presentations from Fire Chief Mark Klose and Police Chief Paul Toussaint, a poetry reading by poet laureate Katie O’Connor, a musical duet by Eloise and Madeline Ellis, students from the Rochester Performance and Art Center. Finally, Matt Wyatt, founder of Rochester Museum of Fine Art and Chair of the Arts & Culture Commission, will accept a proclamation from Gov. Sununu for his many years of dedicated volunteerism in the City of Rochester.

The Executive Council will then hold its regularly scheduled public meeting, before transitioning to lunch at the City Hall Annex, where members of the public are invited to meet the governor and council and learn about Rochester’s ongoing economic development efforts from Economic Development Manager Karen Pollard.

“I am very much looking forward to welcoming the governor and executive council to Rochester so they can see the incredible things happening in our community,” City Manager Cox said. “This is a rare and exciting opportunity for residents to meet state leaders and celebrate the shared successes we’ve had as a city.”

The executive council shares the responsibility of overseeing the administration of state affairs, serves as a watchdog over the state treasury and takes an active role in advising the governor on appointments to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the office of attorney general and various state agencies, boards and commissions.

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Rochester Police Work to Improve Communication With Hearing Impaired Residents

  Rochester Police Department
Paul Toussaint, Chief
23 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, July 27, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Rochester Police Work to Improve Communication With Hearing Impaired Residents

Officer Kyle Danie (rear) met with fellow officers, emergency dispatchers and members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Police)

ROCHESTER — Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that the Rochester Police Department hosted residents from multiple communities to help establish stronger lines of communication between law enforcement and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Representatives from the Rochester and Dover Police Departments met with deaf and hard of hearing residents, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters on July 18 in order to ensure that all are better prepared to communicate with one another should they encounter law enforcement during an emergency or other situation.

Led by Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie, Rochester Police officers learned about tools they can use to communicate with those who are deaf or hearing impaired, like the usefulness of visor cards that those individuals can carry in their cars to communicate during routine traffic stops.

“The most important thing for us is ensuring that members of the deaf and hard of hearing communities are not strangers to us,” Officer Danie said. “While there may be some barriers to communication, there are ways to work around them and it’s much easier when the police department knows those residents and is better prepared to overcome those challenges.”

The event came together following a collaborative effort by the Rochester Police Department and the Deaf Grassroots Movement, which is working to organize similar outreach initiatives with law enforcement agencies throughout New Hampshire.

Officer Danie and the Rochester Police are actively working to set up future sessions with deaf and hard of hearing residents in order to begin a more regular dialogue to build upon the success of last week’s session.

“Just because those who are hearing impaired communicate differently, it doesn’t mean we cannot find common ground, work together and overcome any barriers that we may encounter together,” Chief Toussaint said. “I am proud of the members of our department who participated in this outreach effort, and I’m looking forward to strengthening our lines of communication with our deaf and hard of hearing residents.”

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