A fire department will raffle guns during a fundraising event Saturday at a Charles County, Md. firehouse.
The event is put on by the Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County. Although its fire chief did not want to comment on camera, he said the raffle helps raise funds for the fire department’s dated facility. He also said their engine is more than 15 years old, “way beyond” its expiration date.
Despite its good intentions, the event is not been held at the Accokeek VFD. Last year, it was relocated to Charles County.
“We’re just very uncomfortable with the gun show being held at one of our fire stations, a public safety agency, and that we’re sending the wrong message,” Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady said. “We’re not trying to deny anyone their constitutional rights, but we felt uncomfortable with the message.”
This year, it will be put on at the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department on Livingston Road in Ryans Road, Md.
“Things worked out in our favor that they were able to conduct their fundraiser, albeit in a neighboring jurisdiction,” Brady said.
Tickets to the “210 Sportsmans Bonanza” cost $45 and include all you can eat, all you can drink, including beer.
The spokesperson for Charles County told News4 the event is perfectly legal becuase no live ammunition will be raffled off with the shotguns and rifles
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Philadelphia Firefighter Jack Slivinski found dead. Was in center of recent charity calendar controversy.13 comments
You may recall the controversy that surfaced two months ago after a Philadelphia firefighter posed shirtless for a charity calendar. We are sad to report that the firefighter involved, 31-year-old John "Jack" Slivinski of Rescue 1, was found dead in his home in Lawndale yesterday morning. The death was confirmed for Philly.com's Joelle Farrell by Commissioner Lloyd Ayers:
"The Philadelphia Fire Department has lost a son," Ayers said. "As you may imagine, this is devastating to everybody."
Ayers would not say whether foul play is suspected. Slivinski was not on duty at the time of his death, he said.
Police were not immediately available to comment on the case.
Ayers, who was originally critical of Slivinski and IAFF Local 22 President Bill Gault for doing the photo shoot without approval from the commissioner's office, made a rare appearance at the trial board for Slivinski and recommended he be allowed to return to Rescue 1 with just an oral reprimand.
There are currently no further details on Firefighter Slivinski's death.
Nipplegate: Topless calendar photo brings trouble for Philly firefighter. Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says we sell safety, not sex.16 comments
The picture above has Firefighter Jack Slivinski in a bit of trouble with Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Commissioner Ayers told Philadelphia Daily News reporter David Gambacorta, "We get letters from children. They look up to us. We cannot allow them to be showing nipples in photographs of Philadelphia firefighters."
According to the article, Firefighter Slivinski has been removed from his assignment to Engine 1 and is losing OT money while his role in a charity calendar is being investigated. New York photographer Katherine Kostreva came to Philly last week just to shoot Slivinski in front of the Logan Circle fountain. He is one of a dozen firefighters from around the country who are posing for this charity calendar. Bill Gault, who is president of IAFF Local 22, wanted Philadelphia's share to go to spouses of local firefighters.
But that has now become a problem. From Gambacorta's article:
The commissioner said he had good reason to be fuming at Slivinski and Local 22.
For one thing, Ayers said, the department has long been opposed to its members posing for "beefcake calendars."
"We don't sell sex, we sell safety.," Ayers said. "That's been our mantra for the longest time."
The article says the policy of the department is permission must be granted by supervisors before posing for outside publications. Gault admits he screwed up by not running it by Ayers, but says everyone's intentions were good ones. Photographer Kostreva agrees and added, "I think the commissioner is just overreacting."