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Charity softball game at NIU has DeKalb County first responders playing for Special Olympics Illinois

Note to readers: This story has been updated to include the correct date of the event.

DeKALB – Anyone wanting to see two police chiefs, a fire chief, and a whole bunch of first responders serve up bratwursts on a 65-foot Johnsonville Brats grill can visit Northern Illinois University on July 3 for a free charity softball game benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.

Brats will be served starting at 11 a.m. and the first pitch will be thrown by a Special Olympian at noon at Ralph McKinzie Field on Stadium Drive west of Huskie Stadium on NIU campus. Parking is also free and will be available in the surrounding lots west and north of the stadium.

The event is free and open to all and families are encouraged to bring children. A $2 donation a bratwurst is encouraged. Target donated chips, and Pepsi Co. is providing drinks.

Police Cmdr. Don Rodman has been with the Northern Illinois University Police Department for 13 years, and said a charity softball game with a little friendly competition between countywide police and fire agencies has been a vision for some time.

“Johnsonville Brats actually reached out to us and mentioned that they could bring their Big Taste Grill,” Rodman said Tuesday. “It can grill up to 2,000 brats at a time.”

To raise money for Special Olympics, NIU police are partnering with area agencies like the DeKalb and Sycamore police departments, and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

DeKalb interim Police Chief John Petragallo, Fire Chief Jeff McMaster and NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips will be celebrity grill masters.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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