It's Police vs. Fire in first responders' football league

  • Chicago Fire Department Blaze's quarterback John Welsh, left, gets away from Chicago Police Department Enforcer Will Murphy during the first quarter of the annual First Responder Memorial Bowl football game Sunday, May 22, 2011 at St. Rita High School, 7740 S. Western Ave. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Fire Department Blaze's quarterback John Welsh, left, gets…
February 17, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

When they’re not patrolling the city as police officers, they’re tussling with other first responders on the football field.

They're the Enforcers, the Chicago Police Department's football team, which is kicking off its ninth season in the national Public Safety Football League March 2.

The team, made up of mostly CPD officers, officers from the Cook County Sheriff's department, and other local agencies, is hosting a kickoff party on Sunday, March 2, at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park at 3pm, according to a department press release.

The team will play their first competitive game of the season against the Columbus Marauders, of Columbus, Ohio, on March 29, and their second against the Cleveland Warriors, of Cleveland, Ohio, on April 12. In June, the team will play the Chicago Fire Department's team, the Blaze, in a memorial game to honor other first responders.

The league is made up of 19 teams from around the country. Last year, CPD had a 2-2 season, the release said.

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