Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Halifax Regional Police (HRP) members will lace up their skates in Boston, Massachusetts this weekend to raise funds for Boston police officers impacted by the bombings earlier this year.
During the 2013 Boston Marathon, two bombs exploded near the finish line killing three people and injuring an estimated 260 others. During the investigation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) patrol officer Sean Collier was shot and killed. Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) police officer Richard Donohue was wounded and is still undergoing intensive rehabilitation due to the extent of his injuries. MIT established the Sean Collier Memorial Fund that will be used to fund the Collier Medal for MIT students. The MBTA Police Association Benevolent Fund launched the Officer Donohue Fund to aid the officer and his family as he recovers from wounds that left him in critical condition.
Feeling the need to reach out to help their fellow law enforcement officers, a group of RCMP and Halifax Regional Police (HRP) employees will travel to Boston to raise funds by playing hockey against Boston Police and Fire Departments. The group will play three games on September 29th to raise funds for the Sean Collier Memorial Fund and Officer Donohue Fund.
Hosted by Northeastern University, the games will take place on campus at Matthews Arena, the oldest indoor ice hockey arena in the world still being used for hockey. The RCMP men’s team will face off against Boston Police Department and the HRP team will challenge the Boston Fire Department. The newly-formed RCMP women’s team will play a Boston women’s team.
Persons interested in supporting the event can make donations to the ‘Halifax Boston Charity Event’ at any branch of TD Bank.
Note to media: RCMP Cst. Paul McCallion and HRP Detective Constable Andy Pattison will be available for media interviews via phone.