FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
On September 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM, the City of Bethlehem Police Department and the City of Bethlehem Fire Department played their annual softball game. This softball game between the two public safety agencies was started 13 years ago by Deputy Police Commissioner Walt Diefenderfer and Fire Chief Robert Novatnack.
Since 911 in 2001, this game was moved to the date September 11th of each year to memorize the citizens, firefighters, EMS and police officers that perished on September 11, 2001, when terrorists murdered over three thousands Americans citizens in New York City at the Twin Towers, in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon, and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This is the 13th year.
This year’s softball game was attended by many retired members and active members of both Departments and their families. It was great to see so many past and present friends and associates. After going into extra endings, this year’s winner was the Police Department (14-10). After eight years of bragging rights by the fire department, the bragging rights for the next year go to the police department.
On behalf of Chief Novatnack and I, we would like to thank everyone for attending the game. As time moves on and others forget, we can not and will not forget what occurred on September 11, 2001.
We can not and will not forget the lives changed forever and the lives lost by all. We can not and will not forget to pass onto future generations what occurred this date so that no one will ever forget this most horrid act of murder of innocent citizens and public safety personnel in U.S. History.
To All Retired Firefighters, EMS and Police Officers, Thank You for your Service.
WE Will Never Forget!
Mark A. DiLuzio Robert Novatnack
Chief of Police Fire Chief