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    'Today'SHOW to Feature WORCESTER FIRE /POLICE Talent

    'Today' to feature city talent
    Tuesday, July 9, 2002

    By Bronislaus B. Kush
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    WORCESTER-- The cream of Worcester's public safety community will get a chance to showcase its talents before a national television audience later this month.
    On July 23, two Worcester police officers and two firefighters will compete against some of their peers from other communities in a skills competition that will be featured on NBC's

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    WORCESTER FIREFIGHTER ROBIN MITCHELL

    Robin Mitchell had many career options
    Story by Nancy Sheehan
    Photos by Betty Jenewin
    Telegram & Gazette staff

    For Robin Mitchell, a fire hose and an ax were just what the doctor ordered. Had she stayed her original course, she could have ordered them herself.


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    COACH DENIS:LEARY FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION

    Worcester team set to win
    Tuesday, July 16, 2002

    By Patricia J. James
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    WORCESTER-- While two firefighters and two police officers did pushups, actor and former Worcester resident Denis Leary stood nearby coaching as

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    TODAY SHOW BATTLE TODAY

    'Today' show battle broadcast to plaza
    Tuesday, July 23, 2002

    By Mark Melady
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    WORCESTER-- This morning's 'Today' show competition between Worcester and Sacramento, Calif., police and firefighters can be seen on a big screen television set up on the plaza behind City Hall.
    City firefighters Carlus D. Taylor and Robin Mitchell and Police Lt. Steven Sargent and Officer Andrew Cradvedi will go up against Sacramento police officers and firefighters in a series of physical matches for a $50,000 community prize.
    The competition is part of the 'Today' show's seven-week

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    WORCESTER TEAM WINS 1ST GAME TODAY SHOW

    TEAM MEMBERS
    LEFT TO RIGHT ARE
    FIREFIGHTER CARL TAYLOR
    POLICE LT. STEVEN SARGENT
    POLICE OFFICER ANDREW A.C. CRAVEDI
    FIREFIGHTER ROBIN MITCHELL

    Worcester beats Sacramento on 'Today'
    Tuesday, July 23, 2002
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    NEW YORK -- Worcester advanced to the semifinals of the

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    STARS OF TODAY WORCESTER

    Worcester team stars of 'Today'
    Wednesday, July 24, 2002

    By Bronislaus B. Kush
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    WORCESTER-- The

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    WORCESTER TAKES ON NEWARK N.J. TODAY SHOW

    When Team Worcester, made up of two local firefighters and two police officers, takes on its next opponent -- a team from Newark, N.J. -- Aug. 6, people will be able to cheer on their heroes while watching the action on a Jumbotron television that will be set up on the plaza behind City Hall.
    The 9-foot-by-12-foot television will be courtesy of Local 1009, International Brotherhood of Fire Fighters.
    The

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    SACRAMENTO TEAM ON TODAY SHOW

    On 'Today,' Worcester gets the better of Sacramento

    A team of Sacramento safety officers was locked out of "Today's Bravest and Finest" competition Tuesday morning.

    The four-member group, representing the city on NBC's "Today" show, struggled to open two locked doors on the weekly segment that pits two teams from different cities against each other. The teams race each other on obstacle course set up in New York's Rockefeller Plaza.

    Sacramento was one of eight cities competing. The ultimate winner will be decided sometime in August.

    "It was an ability to showcase who we are," said Liz Brenner, spokeswoman for the city of Sacramento, from New York. "We walked away with the ability to keep our heads high."

    In Tuesday's race, the competing team from Worcester, Mass., initially took the lead after running up three flights of stairs, rappelling down a wall and hitting targets with a paintball gun. The Sacramento team then went briefly ahead -- only to run into problems when members had to unlock the combination locks on two doors leading to the final task of building a human pyramid and ringing a bell.

    At the start of the course, both teams were shown two license-plate numbers and told to memorize them. According to Sacramento team members, the groups were told they would need both numbers to unlock two doors later in the obstacle course.

    However, the instructions turned out be incorrect -- one plate number unlocked both doors. The team from Worcester figured that out first.

    "It was total luck," said firefighter Craig Pannell, speaking of Worcester's victory. "Worcester had the same disadvantage. They won not fair square, but they won."

    Along with Pannell, Sacramento's team consisted of police officers Jerrico Crisologo and Dave Risley, and city firefighter Tamara Linn Thacher.

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    WORCESTER BEATS NEWARK N.J. TODAY 8-6-02

    WORCESTER BEATS NEWARK N.J. TODAY 8-6-02
    Worcester beats Newark on "Today'
    Tuesday, August 6, 2002

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    Worcester fans watch the 'Today' show behind City Hall.

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    NEW YORK - A team of Worcester firefighters and police raised the flag this morning, beating their counterparts from Newark, N.J. to the finish line in the semifinals of the Bravest and Finest competition on the ""Today'' show.
    Worcester will face the St. Louis-Philadelphia winner in two weeks for the championship of the nationally televised event.
    This obstacle course was far different from the one Worcester beat Sacramento on two weeks ago, and the local team breezed through most of it. Firefighter Robin Mitchell gave Worcester a big early lead by speeding through a challenge involving a series of hanging ropes.
    Much of the advantage evaporated on the last obstacle, though, as firefighter Carl Taylor had trouble negotiating a slippery wall. When he finally did make it to the top, Worcester raised its flag, signaling victory.
    The team was cheered on by a large crowd in back of Worcester's City Hall.

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    City team is finalist on 'Today'

    City team is finalist on 'Today'
    Wednesday, August 7, 2002

    By Bronislaus B. Kush
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    WORCESTER-- Firefighter Carlus Taylor promises to stay out of the firehouse kitchen over the next two weeks.
    The well-built, but stocky firefighter -- a member of the Worcester team of public safety officers taking part in the

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    Team heads into finals
    Monday, August 19, 2002

    By Bronislaus B. Kush
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    WORCESTER-- It's for all the marbles.
    A team of Worcester's public safety officers will compete against a contingent from St. Louis tomorrow morning in the finals of the

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    St. Louis edges Worcester on 'Today'

    St. Louis edges Worcester on 'Today'
    Tuesday, August 20, 2002



    NEW YORK-- St. Louis' bravest and finest were also the fastest, edging Worcester by less than a second this morning in the final of competition featuring eight teams of police and fire fighters on the

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    St. Louis firefighters, police officers win national competition

    St. Louis firefighters, police officers win national competition

    08/20/2002

    Team St. Louis, a well-trained, well-muscled team of four experienced members of the St. Louis police and fire departments became the national champions of "The Bravest and the Finest" competition beating out 14 fire departments from across the country on a NBC Today's show competition this morning.


    The team was well ahead for most of the course outside Rockefeller Center in New York -- running, rappelling, jumping through tires -- but its competition, a team from Worcester , Mass., pulled even when it more quickly filled a cylinder of water that had Swiss cheese-like holes in it.

    Then, in the final seconds, the St. Louisans rappelled to the top of a wall and rang the final bell before the Worcester team.

    Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, was the team's official on-site, cheerleader. The show also televised other cheering backers at St. Louis City Hall. The team won $30,000 for its charity the Backstoppers, which benefits children and widows of fallen or wounded St. Louis area firefighters. Each players got a Tiffany watch.

    The Team St. Louis beat Phoenix firefighters in the initial round of the summer-long event and defeated Philadelphia to reach the finals. The St. Louis team duplicated the course here before going to New York for the event.

    Team St. Louis included Fire Battalion Chief Douglas Cribbs, 42, firefighter Keith Williams, 39, and police officers Kathleen Nocito, 40, and Sam Hill, 32.

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    Left to right, St. Louis Firefighter, Battalion Chief, Douglas Cribbs, St. Louis Police Officer Sam Hill, St. Louis Police Officer Kathleen Nocito, St. Louis Firefighter Keith Williams.
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    Worcester just nipped

    Worcester just nipped
    Wednesday, August 21, 2002

    By Bronislaus B. Kush
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    NEW YORK-- NBA referee Bernie Fryers has joined the likes of Ben Dreith, Larry Barnett, and other officials blamed for dashing the championship fortunes of teams dear to fans living in Central Massachusetts.
    Mr. Dreith was vilified when he charged Ray Hamilton with roughing during the New England Patriots' 1976 playoff loss to the Oakland Raiders. And Red Sox diehards still boil with rage when they think of the non-interference call made by umpire Barnett during the 1975 World Series contest against the Cincinnati Reds.
    Yesterday, Mr. Fryers was added to the list of reviled officials when he declared that a team of Worcester public safety officers had been bested by a squad from St. Louis in the finals of the

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    Team St. Louis wins "Today" title

    Team St. Louis wins "Today" title
    BY SARAH NAMULONDO
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    08/20/2002 08:54 PM


    It was only 1 1/2 seconds.

    But that 1 1/2 seconds was worth $30,000 to St. Louis police and firefighters Tuesday.

    The four team members became "The Bravest and the Finest" in the country when they clinched the top honors in the "Today" show's summer fitness challenge.

    They had strength.

    They had skill.

    They had stamina.

    But it was determination that brought them a narrow victory over the team from Worcester, Mass., in the finals televised from Rockefeller Center in New York.

    Battalion Chief Douglas Cribbs, 42, firefighter Keith Williams, 39, and police officers Sam Hill, 32, and Kathleen Nocito, 40, represented St. Louis in the obstacle course.

    "It was a very close race," Hill said in a telephone interview from New York on Tuesday. "But Keith Williams did well on the monkey bar ropes . . . we chose him because he was very fast and strong."

    Team St. Louis already had beaten Phoenix at the quarterfinal stage and defeated Philadelphia in the semifinal round of a contest that attracted teams from 14 cities nationwide. Eight teams competed on TV.

    The final course combined challenges featured in two earlier matches. Team St. Louis was ready.

    First, all had to rappel down a 26-foot wall.

    Then came 12 tires, paired six deep. Each team member had to negotiate the course, one foot in each tire - left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot - without tripping.

    All right! Team St. Louis in the lead.

    Then, everybody down, one by one, for a 20-foot sniper crawl.

    St. Louis still ahead.

    OK, everybody up the 10-foot cargo net to a platform leading to 14 feet of monkey bars.

    This was Williams' forte. He was fast. He was strong. He was . . . ahead!

    Across the monkey bars, a tall cylinder waited. In it was a ball, which each team had to remove by dumping water until the ball floated out.

    Sounded easy, except the cylinder had holes.

    Fingers ready? As two team members stuck their fingers in the holes, the other two ran to fill their buckets with water and dump in the cylinders.

    Uh-oh, the Worcester team pulled ahead. Its cylinder ball was up, up and over the edge first.

    But Team St. Louis didn't panic. Its cylinder ball floated out right after.

    And the run toward the 10-foot slanted wall began.

    Worcester strategically hoisted its heaviest team member to the top of the wall first. Quickly, the team had two members up the wall. St. Louis had only one.

    Team St. Louis frantically whipped two more team members up the wall.

    But all of Worcester's team had made it up the wall.

    Not to worry, for St. Louis still had its secret weapon - Nocito.

    They lifted their last member up the wall, and threw Nocito, so fast and so light, above their shoulders. She rang the victory bell for St. Louis.

    "We were not worried about Worcester, but we knew they had a very good team and we didn't take them for granted," Hill said.

    Hill was especially grateful to Police Chief Joseph Mokwa and cheering St. Louisans who woke up early to watch the competition on television at City Hall.

    Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer and the team's official on-site cheerleader, lauded the group's "team effort."

    The team won $30,000 for the Backstoppers, a charity that benefits families of St. Louis police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

    Each team member also received a Tiffany watch and a silver championship cup.

    "We also won pride and joy for St. Louis," Hill said.

    Reporter Sarah Namulondo:
    E-mail: snamulondo@post-dispatch.com
    Phone: 314-340-8350
    PHOTO (left to right) St. Louis Firefighter Keith Williams, St. Louis Firefighter, Battalion Chief, Douglas Cribbs, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Kathleen Nocito and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Sam Hill

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