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First Responders Honored At Marlins Game

MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- It's was more than a night of baseball at Marlins Park Wednesday with First Responders getting a dose of appreciation from the community.

It was all part of First Responders Appreciation Night at Marlins Park hosted by CBS4's Vanessa Borge and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Those honored included  Miami-Dade, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and New York City Fire Departments, EMT's, police, fire personnel and all first responders.

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They received a special event package which included a special edition Marlins First Responder Appreciation duffel bag.

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department also honored former New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano with a Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue flag and helmet. Cassano was instrumental in rebuilding the New York City Fire Department after the September 11th attacks.

Uniformed members of the Miami-Dade, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue Departments lined the bases as Commissioner Cassano threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

 First Responders Appreciation Night at Marlins Park
First responders honored at Marlins Park. (Source: CBS4)

To start the game off Borge called out "play ball!"

CBS4's Rick Folbaum and Borge will be hosting another event meant to honor military and first responders.

Those wanting to join can put on their running shows and participate in Fort Lauderdale's Tunnel To Towers 5K set for Saturday, September 13th at Huizenga Park starting at 7:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, visit


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