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Portland police, firefighters, hold charity match at Providence Park

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Heroes from Portland took the pitch at Providence Park Sunday, but they weren’t from the Timbers but rather the city’s finest and bravest.

Teams from the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue held the third annual Rose City United charity soccer match ahead of the Portland Thorns game.

The event, which is held as a way to honor police and firefighters while benefiting charities, held special meaning this year, falling on the 15th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

People attending the game were asked to bring non-perishable food for the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, a new toy for Portland Fire & Rescue's "Toy N Joy Makers" or a $5 donation. There were also interactive booths and tours of police and fire vehicles for people to check out.

Fox 12 spoke with Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman about what the match means. 

"You could be sad, or you could look at it as a moment that the country came together," he said. "Police, fire, we've had a great history together for years. It's wonderful to come out and play against our colleagues and just show that we support each other and have the crowd here. Even though it's a sad day in the history of the country, the fact that we come together through that tragic event is wonderful. It’s awesome."

By the way, Portland Fire beat the Portland Police during Sunday’s game 3-1. 

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