Integris Baptist Regional Health Center's emergency medical technicians and the Miami Fire Department are accustomed to working side-by-side. However, Saturday will be a different story, as the two battle it out on the basketball court - and all for a good cause.
Following the City of Miami's Annual Appreciation Breakfast, the local EMTs and firemen will challenge each other in a benefit basketball game.
Tip-off will be at noon at the Miami Civic Center and the event will raise funds for the family of injured fireman Bill Bunch.
Bunch, who also is employed as an EMT at the hospital, remains in a coma since being injured while responding to a semi-truck fire on Nov. 13.
In recent weeks, he has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Austin, Texas, which specializes in the treatment of brain injuries.
“We wanted to do something to show our support for Bill and his family,” said Bill Nichols, paramedic at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center and event organizer. “Whether your are cheering for the firemen, EMTs, or just cheering for Bill Bunch, Saturday's game will raise money to help someone who put the health and safety of our community first.”
According to Nichols, prize drawings will be held and include two concert and dinner packages of the winner's choice, sponsored by Buffalo Run Casino. Additionally, KGLC Radio is sponsoring a halftime free-throw competition for cash prizes and the Stables Casino will do a T-shirt toss.
“This event will be fun for the entire family,” he adds.
Admission to the game is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Additional donations will be accepted. Sponsors of the event include Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, the City of Miami and Buffalo Run Casino.
For more information on the benefit basketball game or to make a donation, contact the hospital's marketing department at 918-540-7673.