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Blue Jackets honor first responders on Friday

Team plans remembrance of fallen officers & in-game recognitions of police officers, firefighters & emergency medical technicians

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate First Responders Night with a host of game-night recognitions and themed attractions on Friday, November 18 as the Jackets host the New York Rangers. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m.

 As part of the pre-game proceedings, the Blue Jackets will observe a moment of remembrance for Columbus Police Officer Steve Smith and Hilliard Police Officer Sean Johnson as the families of both fallen officers are recognized. In their honor, a police color guard will join the families alongside Blue Jackets singer Leo Welsh during the performance of the national anthem.    

The presence of mounted police and a fire truck will welcome fans outside Nationwide Arena while concourse attractions include a K-9 unit, a bomb squad robot, a CPR training station and a dress-up station where kids may try on police, firefighter and bomb squad gear. In addition, fans will be treated to pre-game and first intermission performances by the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, a group comprised of active-duty or retired Columbus police officers or firefighters.   

The evening will also involve support of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as well as in-game presentations to honor the outstanding service and community contributions of four local first responders. During the game, several children of first responders will enjoy special experiences including Zamboni rides and the chance to watch pre-game warmups from the penalty box and home bench.  

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