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November 7, 2005

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
Ed Geary Jr.
(617) 961-6672


North End — Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral welcomed the Canadian Ottawa Sheriff’s Department hockey team during a three-day hockey tournament held at the Steritti Ice Rink in Boston’s Historic North End. Proceeds from the November 4-6 event were donated to the Sergeant Richard Dever Scholarship Fund. To date the tournament has raised around $15,000 for the fund.

Sixteen hockey teams, mostly from law enforcement agencies and fire departments, from as far away as Georgia to our neighbors in Canada, attended the event to show their support or participate in the tournament. Teams came from the Atlanta Police & Fire Departments, Boston Police, Boston Fire, Drug Enforcement Agency, Local 103 Electricians, Ma State Police, Nashua Street Jail, Norfolk Sheriff’s Department, NY Fire, NY Police, Ottawa Capitals, the Ottawa Sheriff’s Department, Quincy Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the Weymouth Police and Yellow Taxi. “Everyone that was asked to be a part of the tournament stepped up to plate,” commented Elliot Feldman, one of the coordinators. “There is a real commoradory among members of law enforcement and when it was mentioned that this was for Sgt. Dever, no one said no.” Family and friends of Richard “Ricky” Dever attended the hockey tournament and his parents, William and Kathy, were given the official puck from the Ottawa Sheriff’s Department vs. Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department game in a ceremony with Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral.

This is the fifteenth year that law enforcement agencies and fire departments across the state have organized an ice hockey tournament to raise money for various charities such as the victims of September 11th, the USS Cole, and Massachusetts fallen officers. The organizers for this year’s event include the Suffolk County & Norfolk County Sheriff’s, Boston Fire, Boston Police, Weymouth Police, Quincy Police, and the Ma State Police. During the three-day hockey tournament, there were over twenty-five games played between the various agencies at the ice skating rink. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department was victorious over the Ottawa Sheriff’s Department by a score of 5-2, but lost their bid to get into the championships. The Ottawa Capitals team made up of law enforcement personnel from Ottawa continued on to battle the Boston Police Department and take the tournament championship by a score of 3-2.

Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ricky Dever had been killed trying to break up a fight outside a pub in Charlestown on March 18, 2005. He was honored earlier this year at the State House during the Correction Officer of the Year awards on June 20th.

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