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Edmond firefighters and police will hold benefit for family

Edmond firefighters and police officers will hold a baseball benefit to raise money for the family of firefighter John Werhun, who died from cancer April 27.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Niqbal@opubco.com Modified: May 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm •  Published: May 16, 2013
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— About a decade ago, Edmond firefighters and police officers started facing off in football games to build camaraderie between the forces.

In the years that followed, the camaraderie lasted but the games fizzled.

After firefighter John Werhun died from cancer April 27, police and firefighters decided to bring back the sporting tradition to raise money for his family.

“We were looking for a way to come together as a city and raise money for his family,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said. “In the last months of his cancer, people were really rallying around him. Everyone knew that his main concern was that his family be taken care of.”

Werhun battled cancer for five years and left behind a wife and two teenage daughters.

The family will be present Sunday when firefighters and police compete in a baseball game at Edmond Memorial High School's baseball field at 500 East Ninth St.

The game will start at 1:30 p.m. and last 12 innings.

Police and firefighters welcome all to watch the game. All proceeds including money raised in a silent auction and from concession sales will benefit the Werhun family.

Admission to the game is free, but donations will be accepted at the gate.