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Dodgers Hold Firefighter Appreciation Night

The Los Angeles Dodgers held Firefighter Appreciation Night at Thursday night's game against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium with Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Graham Everett throwing the ceremonial first pitch.

The Los Angeles County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band performed before the game. The Los Angeles Fire Department Color Guard will serve as the color guard.

The Military Hero of the Game was Los Angeles County Fire Department Foreman Chad DeMartini, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant.

DeMartini joined the Army in 2000, was stationed in Germany and Missouri and deployed to Kosovo in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.

After serving six years as an active duty member of the Army, DeMartini returned to complete his college education at the University of San Diego, graduating in 2011. He joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department that year. DeMartini is a foreman based in Malibu, assigned to the department's Air and Wildland Division at Camp 13.

The team offered a ticket pack that includes a Firefighter Appreciation Night T-shirt, available at Dodgers.com/TicketPacks. A limited number of ticket packs remain with a good chance of them selling out, a team official said.

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