STRATFORD, Conn. — Stratford firefighters will be hitting the ice this weekend for a good cause: to help the family of one of their own.
The death of Stratford Firefighter Mike Apatow, who died the day after Christmas of complications of surgery, is still a shock to his fellow firefighters. He was only 38.
"I really enjoyed going to work and seeing Carf around the kitchen table at the firehouse. He was always full of great stories and jokes that kept us all laughing endlessly," Apatow said.
In an effort to help Carrafiello's family get back on their feet after his unexpected death, the Stratford Fire Department is hosting a Memorial Hockey game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Sports Center of Connecticut, 784 River Road, Shelton.
Stratford Fire will be playing Westport Fire. Doors open at noon, and the event starts 1 p.m. sharp.
"This is going to be an amazing event with opening ceremonies consisting of bagpipers with the honor guard, a ceremonial hockey puck drop for the family, singing of the National Anthem and a moment of silence with prayer from our department chaplain," Apatow said.
In addition, there will be custom hockey pucks sold in Carrafiello's honor, “Carf” stickers, T-shirts, and raffles. Food and drinks will be at Danny O’s after the game on River Road just up the street.
To help Carrafiello's family make ends meet, a webpage has been set up. To date, $880 has been raised out of a $25,000 goal.
To make a donation to the Carrafiello family, click here . Or to buy a hockey puck, call 203-521-8521 or send an email to email@example.com.
Three of the firefighters appeared on Fox 61 to promote the event. Click here to watch the interview.