‘It’s like being a kid out there:’ South Carolina fire department hockey team competes for charity

  • Source: WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach
  • Published: 07/11/2022 12:00 AM

When they’re not suppressing fires or responding to medical emergencies, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, along with other Grand Strand first responders, can be found on the ice. “It’s like being a kid out there,” said Ross Porter, an engineer and paramedic for the City of Myrtle Beach. A group of about 25 make up the roster of the MBFD’s hockey team. “I mean we got guys that just started playing last year,” said firefighter Matt Chiarizio. “Never played ice hockey before in an organized league. They bought the equipment and now they’re on the team.” For the last five years, the team has gotten out on the ice to have fun and take a break while also raising money for charity. Since there isn’t an ice rink in the Grand Strand, however, the team has to make the trek either up to Wilmington or down to Charleston to play or practice.


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