IN a gesture of gratitude and respect, firefighters and police will go head-to-head on the football field tonight for a commemorative emergency services clash, almost 13 years after the September 11 disaster.
Every year the game brings together representatives of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) to honour more than 400 emergency services workers who died while responding to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York City in 2001.
In this year’s event, two games will be played at Langlands Park, Greenslopes on August 30, with spectator entry and raffle proceeds supporting the Queensland Firefighters Charity, which provides support and assistance to firefighters and their families during times of need and hardship.
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The main game at 7.30pm will be the third rugby league game between QFES and QPS since 2011, and will act as a decider with both teams having one win each.
Event coordinator and Roma St firefighter Cameron Mackenzie said the intentions of the game were twofold.
“This game honours our fellow emergency services personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” he said.
“However, there is a lot of pride on the line. We have a stellar line-up and our team is full of players who have played in high-level competitions such as the NRL and Queensland Cup.
“It is a friendly, commemorative game but we won’t be taking it easy on our police counterparts.”