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Craig Leipold recognized by Saint Paul Fire Department

Wild owner hosted first responders after they missed Fire Fighters Appreciation Night

by Tyler Savitsky /

ST. PAUL -- The Saint Paul Fire Department recognized Wild owner Craig Leipold with a helmet on Monday for donating his suite to Saint Paul firefighters to a game after they were not able to attend the Hometown Heroes Series - Fire Fighter Appreciation Night due to conflicts with their work schedule.

"We wanted to show our appreciation for Craig's support for first responders and the Saint Paul Fire Department," said fire captain Tom Gilles.

Rescue 1 Squad 18 was supposed to be at Xcel Energy Center to be honored on Fire Fighter Appreciation Night, as a part of the Hometown Heroes series, when the Minnesota Wild hosted the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 10, but were unable to attend as they had to work as part of the downtown St. Paul emergency crew.

Leipold found out the fire fighters were not able to attend due to their work schedules and decided he would invite them to a future Wild game.

On Dec. 29, Leipold and the Wild hosted 10 Saint Paul fire fighters and their significant others in his suite as a thank you for all that they do in our community. The State of Hockey also donated swag bags to the crew, as well as local businesses donating money to cover food and beverage costs.

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