The Dalton Police Department helped roll out the welcome wagon for the 2011 Softball Players' Association National Championship at Heritage Park on Thursday night. The tournament, which drew teams from across the US and even a Canadian team to Dalton, opened with an hour-long ceremony at the park, and the DPD's Honor Guard presented the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
The Dalton Fire Department also participated Thursday, raising a large American flag over the entry road to the park from one of the department's ladder trucks.
The Softball Players' Association is doing more than just bringing in a few hundred tourists to the City of Dalton. They also presented a $1,000 check to the City of Dalton Public Safety Scholarship Fund at Dalton State College. DPD Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield and DFD Chief Bruce Satterfield were on hand to accept the check. Each year, the scholarship fund benefits the child of a Dalton Police Officer and a Dalton Firefighter attending Dalton State College. (click here to view all articles about the scholarship endowment)
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