Lee Police chief, former Pittsfield deputy fire chief team up against ALS

(Emily Thurlow) Police Chief Jeffrey Roosa.

LENOX — In most communities, there’s a friendly unspoken rivalry between police and firefighters. But when an emergency call tones out, all hands are on deck, together, to ensure the safety of all.

And in combining both that friendly competition as well as toning out a high-level of awareness, Jeffrey Roosa, chief of police in Lee, and Michael Polidoro, former Pittsfield deputy fire chief, have teamed up to take down a shared enemy: ALS.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that robs people of their ability to walk, move and speak, said Terri Handler, development director for the Cambridge-based ALS Therapy Development Institute. It causes muscle weakness, paralysis and in the end, respiratory failure.

Together, Roosa and Polidoro have challenged residents of the Berkshires — and beyond — to help the “Arrest & Extinguish” ALS with a tug-of-war competition that will be held at Tanglewood on Saturday, May 18.

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