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|FLOOD THE FIELD TO HONOR FIRE FIGHTERS, POLICE ON MARCH 23
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University will “Flood the Field” -- Alumni Field, the university’s baseball
diamond -- on March 23 when the Lions take on the University of New Orleans
in a 6:30 p.m. ball game.
“Flood the Field” is the brainchild
of Southeastern’s “CLAWS/Pride” committee, a group of university staffers
charged with coming up with creative ways to package university events
with fun activities to increase student interest and attendance and to
build spirit and pride.
Flood the Field 2004 will again
honor firefighters and police officers in general, but will also be dedicated
to the memory of one heroic firefighter in particular, said CLAWS/Pride
member Veda Abene, assistant to the dean of continuing education at Southeastern.
Flood the Field 2004 will honor Amite firefighter Joe Wayne Cutrer, who
died in August 2002. His brother, Amite fire chief Bruce Cutrer, will throw
the first pitch and members of the Cutrer family will be in attendance,
Joe Wayne Cutrer began volunteering
as a firefighter in Amite at the age of 13. He was hired full-time in 1976,
worked for the Baton Rouge Fire Department from 1981-1985 and returned
home to Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 in Amite in 1986.
Accolades from his 33-year career
in firefighting included certificates of merit from the American Red Cross
and President Jimmy Carter, Amite’s Most Outstanding Citizen Award and
the Amite Kiwanis Club Career Firefighter of the Year honor. In addition
to being a firefighter and a certified emergency medical technician, he
also owned and operated his own electrical business.
Abene said all area fire and
police departments have been invited to attend the game and to be honored
on the field before the first pitch. So far, she said, representatives
from Amite, Tickfaw, Hammond and Roseland are planning to participate.
The Ponchatoula High School ROTC will present the colors and the national
anthem will be performed by Joe Abene.
“Roomie (Southeastern’s Lion
mascot) will arrive at the field in a fire truck along with members of
Southeastern’s Southland Conference basketball and soccer championship
teams," Abene said.
Abene said attendees can also
enjoy free hotdogs and beverages and will have the opportunity to catch
one of 150 Flood the Field t-shirts that will be tossed into the stands.
For more information about Flood
the Field, contact Abene at 985-549-2301.