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First responders to be honored at community 'thank you' barbecue Saturday, April 14


baseball player The Virginia Tech baseball team will take on the University of Miami on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at English Field following the barbecue honoring area first responders.

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 9, 2012 – To honor area first responders, public safety, and medical personnel who serve our communities throughout the year, Virginia Tech will host a public "thank you" barbecue on Saturday, April 14.

The event will begin approximately 12:30 p.m. at English Field, just prior to the 2 p.m. Hokies versus the University of Miami baseball game. Food is available on a first come, first served basis. Admission to the barbecue and baseball game is free. The first 500 fans at the game will receive a free Virginia Tech tumbler cup.

Throughout the game, the university will pay tribute to local police officers, firefighters, and rescue and medical personnel and thank them for their contributions to the Virginia Tech and New River Valley communities. Former Virginia Tech Rescue Squad Captain Matt Johnson (2007-2009) will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  

Participants of the 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance are invited to attend the barbecue. Runners should wear their 3.2-mile run T-shirt or bib to receive a free meal.

The thank you barbecue, which is part of the university’s 2012 Day of Remembrance activities, is sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Department of Athletics, Department of Recreational Sports, and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.