Firefighter-paramedic Brian Trute has two words for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office dodgeball team: “Bring it.”
Deputies and firefighters are facing off in a dodgeball tournament Friday with proceeds going to Elisa Storke, 33, who is being treated for cancer. She is the wife of DCSO Investigator Jon Storke.
Although outnumbered by four DCSO teams to two for the firefighters, Trute said he is confident.
“We still intend to annihilate them,” he said. “We don’t need to practice. We’re better than they are, and we’re ready.”
Kidding aside, Trute said the firefighters’ IAFF Local No. 3726 members were eager to join the deputies’ Douglas County Sheriff’s Protective Association to help the Storkes.
“We’re very fortunate in this community that the firefighters and cops consider each other brothers. A lot of communities are not that way. If one of their brothers has a challenge, we all feel it is natural to jump in and help out with Elisa and her bills,” Trute said.
Elisa is being treated for stage 4 metastatic melanoma and undergoing treatment in San Francisco.
Her medication is $22,000 a month, and the Storkes are required by their insurance to pay 40 percent.
They are the parents of 9-month-old Dylan.
Trute organized the tournament with sheriff’s Sgt. Bernadette Smith. The event is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School in the Gardnerville Ranchos.
Tickets are $20 per family or $10 individual.
Trute said he tries to operate under the philosophy of
“the most we can do is the least we can do,” and knows DCSO would reciprocate for a firefighter.
The local is also sponsoring a Guest Bartenders’ Night beginning at 5 p.m. March 5 with proceeds going to the Storkes.
Firefighters will be working as bartenders.
The association is matching donations of up to $1,000, and the bar is donating 10 percent of the till for the night.
Firefighters held a similar event in December to benefit the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and raised more than $600.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Trute said. “The Corner Bar is a great little bar and centrally located. Whenever we need to raise some money, it seems to work out there.”
In the spirit of cooperation, off-duty sheriff’s deputies will act as designated drivers for a $1 donation.
“We don’t want anyone behind the wheel out there who is altered, so plan accordingly,” Trute said.