Local firefighters and police officers will face off in the third annual Firemen vs. Policemen Rib-eating Contest on Thursday. The event, where you’re free to cheer on your favorite public safety heroes, raises money for East Valley Firefighther Charities. It features a balloon artist and photo booth for sideline entertainment, along with a prize raffle and visit by Miss Arizona, Lori Skutnik.
The contest is also a chance to see a piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center in New York City. The 8-foot-long, 1,500-pound beam was brought to Arizona through the efforts of Gilbert Town Manager Collin DeWitt, and the town plans to incorporate the piece into a solemn memorial to the lives lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“This is something children will be able to touch, something we plan to mount and have as a memorial for every September 11th, a place we can assemble every year to remember and memorialize that sacrifice,” says DeWitt in a statement.
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DETAILS >> 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Texas Roadhouse, 5086 S. Power Road, Gilbert. Free to watch, but proceeds benefit East Valley Firefighter Charities. For steel beam information, call (480) 503-6353. Contact the restaurant for reservations, if you wish to dine on Thursday evening, at (480) 988-1414 or http://www.texasroadhouse.com