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