BOSTON (CBS) – Everyone in East Boston’s Porrazzo Skating Rink knew this game was important, even if it was only an exhibition.Massachusetts Reports 1,734 New COVID Cases, 46 Additional Deaths
Cintolo, with a sling on his arm, and Morris dropped the ceremonial first pucks.
“We all pull together,” resident Steve Tankle said.
Morris got out of a rehabilitation facility this week.
Almost everyone at the Wednesday night hockey game knew one or both men. Former New England Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, who was playing as a Bruin, grew up in East Boston with the Cintolo family.
“When you have good cops like Richie you want to help out in any way,” said Wiggins.READ MORE: Police Investigating After Woman Says Baby Was Found In Trash Can On Dorchester Avenue
Supporting all the men and women in blue was at the top of everyone’s mind.
“As a police officer, every day you go to work you never know if it will be your last day,” said Wiggins.
Mayor Marty Walsh has known Morris for a long time, as both grew up in Dorchester.
“Last time I saw his brother and dad was in the hospital. They weren’t smiling. Tonight they were,” said Walsh.
Walsh admitted the two officers were a little overwhelmed to see just how many people care about them.
“I think it made us closer as a community brought us more together to support our police officers,” said resident Josephine Matthews.
“I think the whole city wanted to be here to show support,” added Tankle.MORE NEWS: Owners Of Truck Company Charged In Connection To Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists
The game was to raise money for the Morris and Cintolo families. The entry fee, raffle money and t-shirt money all goes to the both men.