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August 3, 2007

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On July 31, members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard presented colors before a Boston Red Sox game held at Fenway Park. Sheriff’s Department Deputies: Joe Barnes, Jason Campbell, Chris Kiley, Julio Pena, Justinino Plaza, Daniel Salas, Kenneth Sheehan, and Deputy Walter Vasile, presented colors during the National Anthem before the Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles ballgame.

“I’m proud to be a member of the honor guard,” said Deputy Sheehan. “It was an incredible feeling to present colors on the baseball field in front of the thousands of fans inside Fenway Park.”

Community Service Officer, Deputy Abe Ayuso has been working with the Boston Red Sox and several other New England sports teams to have the Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard present colors during an opening ceremony of their games. Just this past February, the guard attended a Boston Celtics Game inside the TD Banknorth Garden.

Honor guard member Deputy Kiley, an attendee of both events, had this to say: “I want to give a special thanks to Deputy Ayuso for setting this up and helping to make it happen.”

Honor guard coordinator Deputy Vasile said, “We are proud and honored to be here representing the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department at Fenway Park for the Red Sox. We look forward to doing more games if they invite us back.”

"Every year, we get different requests from color guards throughout Massachusetts to come and present before the start of a Red Sox game,” said Dan Lyons, Manager of Entertainment and Special Event Operations for the Red Sox. “Some of them, like the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, have been coming back making almost a yearly appearance."

"We think it’s always good to open up the process to a lot of different groups,” he continued. “We’d like to have not only our military forces present, but groups like the Boy Scouts and honor guards from all over the New England States.”

Unfortunately, even with Beckett on the mound, the Boston Red Sox lost to the Orioles by a score of 5–3.

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