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Worcester, MA – The Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Team has launched a memorial fund for the benefit of the daughter of fallen Worcester Firefighter, Christopher Roy. Roy perished in the line of duty early Sunday, December 9, 2018, fighting a fire.
“Like everyone in our community, we were struck by the tragic loss of Firefighter Roy. We are thinking of Firefighter Roy’s family and especially of his young daughter at this time. Our organization was named the ‘Bravehearts’ in honor of Worcester’s uniformed heroes such as Christopher Roy, so this is our call to duty to honor his legacy of bravery,” said Bravehearts’ GM Dave Peterson.
An anonymous Bravehearts’ supporter has pledged to match funds donated dollar for dollar up to the fund’s goal of $5,000. Donations may be given through this fund up until 11:59pm on December 24, 2018. Those who wish to support the fund may visit the GoFundMe page and register a gift: https://www.gofundme.com/the-good-jake-fund-honoring-christopher-roy.
ABOUT THE WORCESTER BRAVEHEARTS & “GOOD JAKE”:
The name “Bravehearts” was chosen by the public in 2013. “Brave” is in honor of Worcester’s brave men and women in uniform serving locally and abroad, as well as a tribute to Worcester’s fallen firefighters. “Hearts” refers to Worcester’s nickname—“Heart of the Commonwealth.”
The name “Jake” – shared by the Bravehearts’ mascot, Jake the Lion – is affectionate slang for a firefighter and is used to bestow great praise and the highest levels of respect. The origins of the term are widely debated, but many believe that it evolved from the use of “J-Keys” in the early 20th century, which firefighters used to send morse code telegraphs to headquarters from street-corner fire alarm box systems. Being a “Good J-Key” referred to a fireman who was cool under pressure and could send clear morse code. “J-Key” was eventually shortened to “Jake.”