Weekend ball tournament in Aylesford will honour Moncton's Fallen Heroes

Nancy Kelly
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Kings District RCMP and Kings County Crime Prevention Association team up to host three-day event

The three RCMP officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in Moncton will be remembered at the Fallen Heroes Co-Ed Softball Tournament taking place in Aylesford this weekend.

Hosted by the Kings County Crime Prevention Association in cooperation with members of the Kings District RCMP, the fundraising tournament will benefit the families of Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Const. Douglas James Larche, and Const. Dave Joseph Ross who were were shot and killed by a heavily armed gunman on June 4.

RCMP Const. Nick MacLean has spent the past month coordinating the event, which will see 247 ball players on 20 teams converge on ball diamonds in Aylesford beginning Friday night. Several games will also be held in Berwick.

“The idea took wings and flew,” said MacLean of the tournament, adding everyone has been supportive of the initiative.

The team line-up includes the ‘Dave Ross Runners’, an entry by the family of Dave Ross’s widow Rachael, formerly Vander Ploeg, who grew up in the Sheffield Mills area. 

Aside from funds raised through registration fees, there are plenty of ways the public can contribute to the family fund, says MacLean.

“We want people to come out and enjoy some games and we will have a mock jail, dunk tank and silent auction at the Aylesford fire hall from noon till 9 p.m. on Saturday.”

Items up for grabs include those donated by local businesses and by the Toronto Blue Jays and Halifax Mooseheads

A childrens’ bounce castle will also be set up at from 2-4 p.m. A barbecue, canteen and beer tent will also be on site on Saturday.

A banquet is being held Saturday evening at the fire hall. For ticket availability call Melissa Lee at 300-9763.

MacLean also urges the public to take in the home-run derby, taking place at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday during a break from playoff games.

“That will be a lot of fun.”

Southwest Nova District RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise will throw the first pitch when the action gets underway at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Aylesford ball fields. A full schedule of games can be found on line at www.facebook.com/events/831707593508353/ .

Organizations: RCMP, Fallen Heroes Co, Kings County Crime Prevention Association Toronto Blue Jays

Geographic location: Aylesford, Moncton, Berwick Sheffield Mills

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