The Charlotte Fire Department’s baseball team played the New York Port Authority last week at Rocky River High School. The two teams are both in their first year.
Civil service baseball teams have been around a long time, and the Charlotte FD team is the first official team since 1958. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department also has a team, and helps the CFD team.
The team is part of Charlotte’s Premier Adult Baseball League, and the league regularly uses the Rocky River High School fields for games. That’s how this baseball game, and a flag from the World Trade Center, made it to Mint Hill.
The NYPA brought with them an American flag that flew over the World Trade Center before 9/11. Since the Charlotte Fire Department could not bring out their own truck to fly the flag, the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department donated their truck for the night.
Charlotte won the baseball game 15-1 with spectators watching.
“I was very pleased with the turnout of the crowd,” said Pritchard.
New York’s American flag was donated to the Charlotte Fire Department who in turn gave the flag to the Mint Hill VFD for their generosity.