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Simpson University Redhawks play baseball to honor first responders

First Responders' Day was held at Tiger Field on Saturday. The baseball game was held in tribute to fallen Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke.

Posted: Apr 13, 2019 6:16 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2019 6:51 PM

REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University Redhawk Baseball Team hit the field on Saturday to honor first responders.

You can ask anyone on the team why they are celebrating our first responder heroes.

"We don't think we are the best team in the nation, but you know we are a brotherhood," said shortstop Derick Kuhn.

"I know each one of these 40 guys would have my back," he continued.

Having each others back is important on the baseball field, but it is also important for Redding's first responders who have fought their way through one of the toughest fire seasons ever.

"Lets get a round of applause for all of our first responders..." was heard at the beginning of the big game on the field loudspeakers.

The first responders are the real heroes, for sacrificing their lives for their family and friends and communities.

Saturday's double header game against Marymount University of California has been designated First Responders' Day in honor of those heroes, especially Jeremy Stoke who died in Redding while fighting the Carr Fire.

To honor his memory team members now wears Redding Fire patches on every hat and jersey.

"How we wear these patches on our hats means everything to us, you know, and we are ready to go to war for them and our community," said a Simpson University baseball team spokesperson.

The Carr Fire has impacted so many people here in Redding, in this community, and this is the way the team is giving back.

This day is especially important to head coach Dan Tating who was personal friends with Jeremy Stoke.

"Well, Jeremy loved baseball. He was a huge Giants fan," said Tating, who also coached Caleb Stoke, the son of Jeremy Stoke. Caleb threw the first pitch, which was a perfect strike, added Tating proudly.

First responders watched as the Red Hawks played at Tiger Field. The team says they will continue to wear gear honoring first responders through the remainder of this season and bring home as many wins as they can.

This is been one of the best years in Simpson University history for baseball.

Proceeds from the game and baseball cap sales support the Simpson University’s Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship, set up to help college-bound students impacted by the fires. Eligible students can receive up to $18,000 a year toward a Simpson University education. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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