First responders chow down for a good cause

Photos: Samantha Green

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) – First responders went head-to-head competing in a chicken wing eating contest to raise money for an 8-year-old boy battling cancer.

There have been several local fundraisers set up to help Dorian Murray and his family.

Dorian is battling a rare form of pediatric cancer. His story has gained global attention after he told his parents he wanted to become famous before going to heaven. People all over the world, including several celebrities, have taken to social media using the DStrong hashtag to show their support for Dorian.

On Wednesday night, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs took part in a wing eating competition at the 99 Restaurant in Westerly. Dorian’s dad is a fellow police officer in Stonington, CT.

Photos: Gronk visits Dorian Murray and his family »
Photos: Gronk visits Dorian Murray and his family »

The Westerly Police Department says the fundraiser was a huge success; more than $3,000 was raised that night with the help of donations, a raffle, and a bake sale.

The winners were Pawcatuck Firefighter Donahue, who ate 44 wings in 10 minutes, and Groton Police Officer Holt, who ate 42 wings in 10 minutes.

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