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Rivalry at Braxton: FOP vs. Local 38 event tonight honors Covington’s first responder military veterans

With nearly 50 military veterans serving in its Police and Fire departments, Monday’s holiday will be particularly meaningful at the City of Covington.

Ahead of the solemnity of Veterans Day, however, comes the festivity:

Friday night, a public event at Braxton Brewing Co. will not only call attention to the strong tradition of military service in the City but also raise funds through a little friendly “competition.”

That is, a separate Braxton brew has been “assigned” to Covington Firefighters Local 38 and to Covington FOP Lodge #1, and the brewery will donate $1 to each organization’s support group for each of those beers sold.

For the police, it’s Tangerine Wheat. For the firefighters, it’s American Pale Ale.

The party is an annual tradition for the Covington Firefighters Auxiliary. This year, the organization decided to hold a joint event and invited the Lodge #1 Associates to help sponsor it.

“We couldn’t let Veterans Day go by without saluting our own,” said Katie Woodring, president of the Auxiliary. “Before they were firefighters, a large number of Local 38 members were serving our country in the armed forces. In fact, some are still doing so today. And the FOP has just as many veterans within its ranks.”

The event is open to the public and begins at 5 p.m. at Braxton at 27 W. 7th St., with the donations from the beer sales lasting until 9 p.m. A live band – Root Cellar Xtract – will play 7 p.m.-10 p.m., and silicone pint glasses decorated with the event’s logo also will be sold.

“These glasses will sell out quickly so come early and get your hands on one,” Woodring said.

“This is a fun way to honor our veterans,” City Manager David Johnston said. “We have a strong military tradition here at City Hall, not just in the Police and Fire departments but also in the Public Works and administration. It’s pretty impressive just how many of our men and women in Covington have served our country in uniform, and we respect and greatly appreciate their service.”

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