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Charity softball game July 3 features police vs. fire softball, World's Largest Grill, Special Olympics

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 come out to Northern Illinois University on Wednesday for a charity softball game benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.

The grill fires up 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 the NIU campus. Parking is free and will be available in the surrounding lots west and north of the stadium.

The event is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to bring children. A $2 donation per bratwurst is encouraged. Target donated potato chips, and Pepsi is providing drinks.

Police Cmdr. Don Rodman has been with the NIU 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 the Special Olympics, NIU police are partnering with area agencies such as 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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