Mass honors firefighters, police

first_imgBy CATHERINE OWERS News Writer University President Fr. John Jenkins celebrated a Blue Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday in honor of firefighters and police officers.  The Blue Mass honors not only Notre Dame Security Police and Notre Dame Fire Department, but also personnel from local and nationwide departments, fire chief Bruce Harrison said.  “Notre Dame Security Police and the Notre Dame Fire Department are the hosts and represent the University, and then [they] encourage anyone who wants to participate to come,” Harrison said. “Particularly [police and fire personnel] in the region – St. Joseph County and beyond – we try to invite in.” Harrison said the Mass especially honored police officers and firefighters who have passed away in the last year, both in the line of duty and after their retirement.  “We like to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the passing of all the retirees in our ‘family,’ so to speak,” he said. According to the Notre Dame Fire Department website, the Blue Mass is named for the color of uniforms that many police officers and firefighters nationwide wear. The Mass was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional ‘month’s mind’ Mass for victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Blue Mass continues for them and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who have died while serving and protecting others.  The guest speaker at this year’s Blue Mass, George Hernandez, is a firefighter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and was a member of the United States Forest Service as a hotshot firefighter, Harrison said. He said hotshot firefighters gained recognition last summer when 19 members of an elite group in Arizona died. “They were out trying to protect property and got caught in what they call a burn-over,” Harrison said. “The number of loss of life is particularly astounding.”That was a very tragic event for our wildlife community. And see how quickly it has lost focus” “We like to think that since we are common in cause, we provide an opportunity to remember [the hotshot crew] and understand the hardships their families are going through without them.” Harrison said he hopeseNotre Dame will continue to host an annual Blue Mass.  “It is a somber occasion, but it is meaningful to try and capture that spirit of remembrance, and I think that this is what it’s all about,” he said. Contact Catherine Owers at cowers@nd.edulast_img read more


Week in Sports: Hunt out for season, Washington decommits and more

first_img Published on September 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR David Salanitri | Staff PhotographerTerrel Hunt tears Achilles, out for seasonIt was confirmed Saturday that Syracuse starting quarterback Terrel Hunt tore his Achilles and would miss the rest of the 2015 season. It’s Hunt’s second season-ending injury in as many seasons. Hunt had been focusing on taking on a leadership position in his senior season and retooled his approach as a pocket passer rather than a runner. In Hunt’s place, freshman Eric Dungey led the Orange to a 47-0 win.More: Terrel Hunt has torn Achilles, will miss rest of 2015 seasonRobert Washington decommits from Syracuse, cites lack of trustFour-star recruit, running back Robert Washington, decommitted from Syracuse. He reportedly decommitted earlier in the summer, but news broke Sunday, Aug. 30. Earlier that morning, Washington created a new Twitter account and said he could no longer access his old one because his father had control of it.More: Robert Washington reportedly decommitted due to trust issues with SU coaching staffLogan Reidsma | Photo EditorOpening day in picturesAs Syracuse drubbed Rhode Island 47-0 in its season opener, The Daily Orange photographers captured the scene. From the fans crowd-surfing and painting mustaches orange to big hits and the band, check out the great galleries from Friday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore: Gallery: Syracuse beats Rhode Island 47-0 in season-opening winand Gallery: Fan scenes from before Syracuse-Rhode IslandCourtesy of Rhode Island AthleticsWhen sports aren’t about sportsEvan Huddon is 15, and listed on the Rhode Island football roster as a quarterback. He was born with a rare and life-threatening spinal condition, but has been an honorary member of the team since 2012, when the team took him in and gave him jersey No. 1.More: Rhode Island embraces Evan Huddon, 15-year-old with spinal defect, as member of teamMoriah Ratner | Asst. Photo EditorTurns out it’s pretty hard to be a long snapperThe Daily Orange staff writer Jesse Dougherty spent an afternoon with Sam Rodgers, Syracuse’s long snapper from 2011-14. He “learned” how to long snap and succeeded twice in about 50 attempts.More: Dougherty: You wouldn’t believe what goes into long snappingLogan Reidsma | Photo EditorRelease of Football GuideIn advance of the 2015 season, The Daily Orange profiled several members of the Syracuse football team. Cornerback Julian Whigam added 15 pounds and stopped eating at Five Guys. Left tackle Ivan Foy overcame immaturity, suspension and injury. Captain Luke Arciniega’s career could have been over, but now he has two seasons to play.Away from Syracuse, Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer’s biggest test has yet to come and a scholarship kicker’s long journey, through three other colleges, to get to Albany.More: Fresh Slate, the 2015 Football Guide Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more