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First Responders Visit Practice

Members of several law enforcement and fire departments were in attendance Tuesday

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray /

The Capitals community ranges far and wide but sometimes it's important to recognize those that do so much for us right in our backyard.

At practice on Tuesday, the team hosted several members of Arlington County Police and Fire Departments, DC Fire and EMS Departments, Metropolitan Police Department and the Virginia Sheriff's Department.

They got a tour of the locker room, watched practice by the glass, mingled with all the players and took photos post practice, it's a very special experience for these first responders.

Lawrence Clark who is a Lieutenant with DC Fire and EMS said, "I really didn't know what to expect, but it was a great experience and it shows the community how the Capitals appreciate what we do and vice versa. It brings it all together."

There was another special guest in attendance at practice on Tuesday as well: Captain!

Socializing him with different kinds of people and in different situations is an important part of his training with America's Vet Dogs so it was good practice to have him around today.

Once Captain completes his training he will be given to a veteran or first responder with disabilities, so the guests today really connected with him.

One of the first responders that was present who is also a staple at Capitals practices is Bryan Morrison. He's a Sergeant with the Arlington County Police Department and is in charge of their K-9 Unit.

"He's [Captain] phenomenal, dogs are great, they have a lot of healing power and I'm sure he's going to do well," he said. "They bring out the best in people."

Additionally, the first responders are being honored at different home games this season.

Firefighters Night will be on Nov. 3 vs. Calgary and Law Enforcement Appreciation Night will be on Feb. 25 vs. Winnipeg.

Discounted tickets are being offered to members of each community and you can purchase those tickets by clicking here.

All tickets purchased through the special offer will receive a limited-edition Capitals challenge coin and a portion of the proceeds benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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