Guests at a fundraising event for the Carlisle Fire Company in Milford were treated to a night of wrestling as several bouts took place in the Carlisle Fire Company Engine Room. With over 165 tickets sold before the match, over 300 individuals were in attendance on Saturday to watch over thirty local wrestlers battle it out in the ring.
Partnering with Power Pro Wrestling (PPW), a local Independent Professional Wrestling company based out of Ellendale, Delaware, Jay Jones of the Ellendale Fire Company helped facilitate the event in Milford. Hosting the annual Over The Top event in Ellendale over the past three years, Jones enjoys that fact that there is a diverse audience at these events.
“look around, the fans are diverse from little old ladies to kids that can barely walk. It is great to bring people into the fire hall that may not have otherwise come,” commented Jones. “Proceeds from the event help the fire company and every show brings money back to the local community.”
In addition to benefiting the Carlisle Fire Hall, the event also assisted Toys for Tots, a nationally organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts. Many families in the audience brought a toy donation for less fortunate children.
“The event is all about bringing people into fire halls and showing them that we serve our community,” commented Jones,”Our normal interaction with families are usually when we are called to a negative situation, we want our community to see the positive things we are doing all year long.”
Originally know as the Milford Fire Company, the organization was renamed The Carlisle Fire Company on November 12, 1918 in honor of Paris T. Carlisle, IV, an active member of the Milford Fire Company who fought in World War I and never returned. Today, the Carlisle Fire Company has approximately 94 members and twelve pieces of equipment.