First responders throughout the Chicago area share a remarkable dedication and commitment to the millions of people who call the Windy City home.
To commemorate their efforts, the Chicago Wolves and Turtle Wax are teaming up to host First Responders Night at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Allstate Arena. The first 3,000 fans to enter the arena receive a pair of sunglasses, courtesy of Turtle Wax.
Before the first-place Wolves square off against the Manitoba Moose, the Village of Rosemont hosts a Touch-A-Truck event in the arena’s South parking lot from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fans have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of police, fire and EMS vehicles. The Touch-A-Truck event is presented by Turtle Wax. All fans with a game ticket are welcome to attend.
The Chicago Wolves and Turtle Wax have respected the work of Chicago-area first responders for decades. Turtle Wax co-chairmen Denis and Sondra Healy have supported the 100 Club of Chicago for more than 30 years — and Denis Healy has been a long-running member of the organization’s executive board.
Wolves senior executive vice president Wayne Messmer, meanwhile, continues to be grateful for the opportunity to say he has survived and thrived for 25 years since being shot in the throat during a robbery attempt on Chicago’s near west side on April 9, 1994. Thanks to the immediate response by Chicago Fire Department paramedics Henry Hugel and Bill Steiner early that morning, Messmer received the initial care he needed to start him on the path to a full recovery.
“Without the incredible work of first responders Bill and Henry, it’s possible I would not be here today,” said Messmer, who continues to entertain Chicagoans with his rendition of the national anthem at Wolves and Chicago Cubs games in addition to his work on stage and in the recording studio. “The sacrifices made by first responders are invaluable.”