Cops beat firefighters in wing bowl

Newark Post - - Front Page - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

In the sec­ond-an­nual Ne­wark First Re­spon­ders Wing Bowl, the Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice re­peated as cham­pi­ons, de­feat­ing the Aetna Hose Hook and Lad­der Com­pany.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which raised money for char­ity, drew a few dozen people to Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Grain do­nated $1 for ev­ery wing cus­tomers bought dur­ing the three-hour event.

The firefighters jumped out to an early lead as Gene Paulus de­feated New Cas­tle County Po­lice Depart­ment Sgt. Erich Sel­horst, 14 wings to 10. But in the sec­ond round, Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cer Corey Spencer gave the FOP a slight lead by de­feat­ing Aetna’s Ar­lynn Hall, 15-10. In the fi­nal round, NPD’s Cpl. Bran­don Walker edged out fire­fighter John Weather­low 15-14 to give the FOP an over­all vic­tory of 40-38.

“It feels good,” said Walker, adding that the best part was rais­ing money for Concerns of Po­lice Survivors, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps the fam­i­lies of fallen of­fi­cers.

This was Walker’s sec­ond year par­tic­i­pat­ing in the wing bowl.

“I was try­ing to give tips to every­body else,” he said, wing sauce still drip­ping from his face. “You look for the smaller ones and get those out of the way and then try to get ev­ery­thing down with­out los­ing it.”

Aetna, mean­while, chose to do­nate its share of the pro­ceeds to Na­tional Fallen Firefighters Foun­da­tion in honor of mem­ber Jerry Fickes, who died bat­tling a fire in Wilm­ing­ton last fall.

The event raised ap­prox­i­mately $750, to be split be­tween the char­i­ties se­lected by Aetna and the FOP. Grain also raised $210 for Pre­ston’s Play­ground by sell­ing T-shirts.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Aetna fire­fighter Gene Paulus and New Cas­tle County Po­lice Depart­ment Sgt. Erich Sel­horst com­pete in the Ne­wark First Re­spon­ders Wing Bowl.

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