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Police officers beat firefighters in fight for BBQ crown

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Published on: Friday, October 12, 2012

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County firefighters fight fire and Prince George’s County police officers fight crime, but on Saturday, the two groups faced off in the Fourth Annual PGFD Vs. PGPD Cook Off to become the King of BBQ.

The fundraiser was in conjunction with the Taste of the Boulevard at the Boulevard at Capital Centre in Largo.

The public responded in high numbers to the BBQ Challenge and long lines had formed awaiting the 2 p.m. start. Each taster paid a minimum of a $2 donation to taste both departments’ cooking. Then they voted for which department had the best food.

The lines remained long throughout the first hour, and soon the majority of the food had been consumed.

Mark Brady, chief spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, said he could not believe it only took an hour to run out of food.

Once the word got out at the shopping center on how good the food was, shoppers just kept coming, Brady said.

The voting was close, but the team from Prince George’s County Police Department took home the trophy.

Cpl. Larry Johnson, spokesman for Prince George’s County Police Department, said it does not matter who the winner is. He said it was just a good time for both departments to get together, to have a good time and to raise more than $1,000 for the Heroes, Inc. and the Prince George’s County Police Explorers program in honor of Officer Adrian Morris, who died in the line of duty earlier this year.

Heroes, Inc. was founded in 1964 by a group of Metropolitan Washington businessmen with the singular goal of assisting widows and children of law enforcement officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty. The organization consists of 100 members representing the business, professional and spiritual leadership of the greater Washington, D.C., area.

The Prince George’s County Police Explorers is a program for youth, ages 14 to 20 years old, who are interested in careers in law enforcement. The Explorers program offers fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

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