Police, fire officials to compete in memorial football game

To honor slain Philadelphia Police Sgt. Patrick McDonald, the Philadelphia Blue Flame - a tackle football team comprised of Philadelphia police and firefighters - will take on the Washington Generals at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

McDonald was part of the department’s Highway Unit, and was a member of the Blue Flame team who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 23, 2008.  

He was shot and killed after pursuing a passenger who fled on foot during a routine car stop.

The Blue Flame is one of 26 competing in the National Public Safety Football League.

The team’s mission is to raise money for local charities.

Since forming in 2003, the Blue Flame has given over $193,000 to charity and has funded a scholarship in McDonald’s name.

With a 1-0 record, the Philadelphia Blue Flame is ranked fifth in its division, behind the Fire Department of New York.