By FPOA on Sunday, 05 October 2014
Category: Public News

Fire, Police departments bring awareness to domestic violence

FAIRFIELD — The second annual Dunk Domestic Violence basketball game between Fairfield police and firefighters Saturday at the Armijo High School Gym drew enthusiastic supporters.

Proceeds from the game will go to support SafeQuest Solano, an organization that helps provide education, prevention, intervention and advocacy for victims of violence and sexual assault.

"Last year Chief Walt Tibbett came to us with this idea to help bring awareness to domestic violence," Toni Dumont, executive director of SafeQuest Solano, said. "October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we thought it would be perfect."

The game brought out about 150 people to cheer on the teams. Dumont wasn't sure who would win this year's game, but that wasn't really the point of the contest. The Fire Department won last year.

The grand prize for this year's raffle was a big screen television. Many other items were also raffle off.

"This is a great program," said Tony Velasquez, Fairfield's fire chief. "We have some great prizes for the raffle this year."

The Solano Community College Basketball team donated their time to referee the game. Dutch Brothers Coffee donated all drinks. Police cadets presented the flag and sang the national anthem.

"This is a great cause and a fun evening for everyone," Fairfield Police Chief Tibbet said.

Next year will be the 40th anniversary of SafeQuest Solano, Dumont said.

"SafeQuest has changed ideas about what is domestic violence and brought awareness to the fact that it isn't just domestic housewives that are being affected by violence," Dumont said.

The Police Department team won this year's Dunk Domestic Violence game, but the victims of domestic violence were the true winners.

"This is about raising money for domestic violence and getting people out to have some fun, win some prizes and it's a fun rivalry," Steve McGraw, a Fairfield Fire Department captain, said.

For more information on SafeQuest Solano, go to www.safequest.org or call 422-7345.

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