FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The annual “Rager-Stiverson” Memorial Softball Game will take place this evening.
The game was created in the early 1970s to honor the lives of two Fort Wayne first responders who died in the line of duty. Michael Thomas Rager was the Fort Wayne Fire Department District Chief when he died in 1972. This year is the 50th anniversary of passing of Patrolman Kenneth P. Stiverson, who died in 1969.
While the game is quite competitive for both departments, who each want bragging rights, the event is also used as a fundraiser for charity. Last year the event raised nearly two-thousand dollars.
“It’s pretty wild when you think about it, I mean what event is still going on fifty years later? I mean there are some well recognized things on the national level, but to have that kind of tradition here locally and to get our firefighters and police officers together, you know we have a good group of brothers and sisters back and forth and it’s nice to be able to come out once per year and pay respect to those individuals,” says Firefighter Union President, Jeremy Bush.
The event starts with a ceremony at 6:30 PM, followed by first pitch at 7:00 PM. It will be played at Fort Wayne Turnes Field, located at 3636 Parnell Ave.