WEST CHESTER, PA (October 10, 2018) – Thirteen teams of Chester County first responders came together to battle it out in a new BBQ-style competition hosted by The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. The event, sponsored by Bio-One of Chester County, drew out over 250 attendees on Saturday, October 6, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Locust Lane Brewery and Pa Distilling Company in Malvern.
Teams showcased their best BBQ in the categories of pulled pork, chicken, ribs, wings, and a specialty item. Winners in each category also took home a customized trophy and more importantly, bragging rights. ESU BBQ (West Chester Police Department) took home the top trophy for the day as the Grand Champion, and Double D BBQ (West Goshen Police Department) came in second place overall as the Reserve Grand Champion.
This event was hosted by The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., and was spearheaded by Detective Dave Maurer, a West Goshen Detective and long-time supporter of the victim advocacy agency.
The event gained extreme interest on Facebook in just a few short weeks with more than 35,000 views and more than 1,000 people interested in attending. The agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Christine Zaccarelli, Esq., also got in on the action by serving as a BBQ Judge on the day of the event.
“Dave came to CVC with the idea for this event in early August and at first it didn’t seem possible that we could pull it off so fast. The first responder community and Locust Lane Brewery got behind the idea right away, BioOne was a perfect fit and the First Annual CVC BBQ 911 was happening! We are so appreciative for all the work Dave put into the event and can’t wait for next year!” said Zaccarelli.
Attendees of the event paid just $10 to sample food from all the competing teams, enjoyed live music by Kevin Windstein, a display of local fire trucks and equipment, and participated in raffles for a chance to win BBQ-themed prizes. Locust Lane Brewery and the new Pennsylvania Distilling Company directly next door opened up their doors to guests to enjoy beer and spirits throughout the afternoon. Both establishments offered promotions throughout the event that donated proceeds back to CVC.
Judges for the event included Christine Zaccarelli, Esq. (CEO of CVC); Chief Joseph Gleason (West Goshen Police Department); Chief Curt Martinez (West Caln Police Department); Chief Brenda Bernot (Westtown East Goshen Police Department); Lieutenant Michelle Swatner (Pennsylvania State Police Troop J Avondale Station Commander; Chief Jonathan Stafford (West Chester Fire Department); Chief Andrea Testa (Paoli Fire Department); Chief Gerald Simpson (SCCR Police Department); Chief Kevin Dykes (Chester County Detectives); Chief Todd Ziegler (Wagontown Fire Department); Deputy Chief Mitch Rock (Caln Township Police); and Chief BJ Meadowcroft (Oxford Fire Department).
The 13 competing teams are Oxford Fire Department, West Goshen Police Department (two teams), Westtown East Goshen Police Department, West Chester Police Department, Goshen Fire Department, East Whiteland Fire Department, West Chester Fire Department (Stations 51 and 52), Kimberton Fire Department, Jefferson Fire (Montgomery County), and Phoenixville Police Department.
Bio-One of Chester County was the event’ sole sponsor. They are crime scene cleaners dedicated to assisting law enforcement, public service agencies and property owners/managers in restoring property that has been contaminated as a result of crime, disaster or misuse.
The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC) is a nonprofit agency providing free, immediate, and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults
impacted by crime and violence. We provide assistance through counseling, advocacy, resources, and education. The Center fosters community awareness and understanding through its comprehensive outreach and prevention programs. To learn more, visit www.cvcofcc.org.