Pulling together: Tug-of-war event raises nearly $60K to fund ALS research

(Emily Thurlow) Lee Police Chief Jeffrey Roosa, right, and retired Pittsfield Deputy Fire Chief Michael Polidoro at the event.

Tug-of-war event raises nearly $60K to fund ALS research.

LENOX — When push came to shove, first responders from all over the county pulled together to help two of their own and raised nearly $60,000 for ALS research.

Standing in various formations of five-and 10-person groups, the roughly 20 teams went head-to-head in a series of tug-of-war duels at Tanglewood in Lenox for the inaugural Arrest and Extinguish ALS event, Saturday.

With a goal of raising $20,000 in advance of the event, organizers, Jeffrey Roosa, chief of police in Lee, and Michael Polidoro, retired Pittsfield deputy fire chief, doubled their goal.

“I am truly overwhelmed with the response for our inaugural arrest and extinguish tug-of-war. I always knew Jeff and I had a great support group, but to see the crowds come out this past Saturday for this event in support of us to help fund research to eradicate this fatal disease is amazing!” said Polidoro.

Both men, who have been diagnosed with ALS, said they’ve received an overwhelming amount of support from colleagues as well their communities and want to elevate that support through the fundraising event to raise awareness and fund ALS research through the Cambridge-based ALS Therapy Development Institute.

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