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Concord-Carlisle hockey team to raise funds for fallen Peabody firefighter

Posted by Justin Rice  December 28, 2011 10:28 AM

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The Concord-Carlisle High and Peabody High hockey teams will have a moment of silence for Peabody firefighter James M. Rice before their game at 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Edge Sports Center in Bedford.

Rice, a Peabody firefighter, died Friday while battling a three-alarm fire on Hancock Street.

Concord-Carlisle will also do a 50/50 raffle with the funds benefiting Rice’s family. Tickets will be sold while 10-year-old squirt teams play during intermission of the high school game. The Concord -Carlisle team and coaching staff have already donated $250 of their own money to the cause.

“I’m going to be disappointed if they are walking out of there with under $1,000 for the family,” Concord-Carlisle coach   Kevin Harrington said during a phone interview this morning.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 apiece and $5 for an arms-length of tickets.

“I’m very good friends coach [Mark] Leonard from Peabody and I know he was close to this fireman,” Harrington said. “Us and Peabody have had a great rivalry for so many years and firemen are such an integral part of the community when one succumbs in the line of duty it’s a big blow and we’re trying to do something to make this families life a little easier.”

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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