Chicago, Boston firefighters pals, but when it comes to hockey . . .
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 15, 2013 8:42PM
Chicago firefighters (from left) Brian Clarke, Tom Meziere and Joe White and Boston firefighters Paul Harvey and Jimmy Kenney on Madison Street on Saturday before the Blackhawks took on the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday. | Bec
Updated: July 17, 2013 7:20AM
There’s a brotherhood among firefighters, no matter what firehouse you serve.
But when it comes to hockey, well, that’s another story.
“Loser has to wear [the winner’s] jersey tonight,” Boston firefighter Paul Harvey told a pal, Chicago firefighter and paramedic Joe White, before Saturday’s game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.
“I’m down with that,” White, 40, replied, clinking his icy beer against Harvey’s.
It’s a scene that’s played out many times between these two guys.
For the past decade or so they’ve been friends and part of a group of firefighters that host each other in their respective cities. They visit each other for sporting events, parades and to attend funerals of firefighters killed on the job. “It’s a brotherhood,” Harvey said.
In Boston, firefighter Jimmy Kenney’s South Boston home has been dubbed “the home for wandering firemen,” he said.
But on Saturday, Harvey, 34, and Kenney, 42, were in Chicago to see their Bruins go against their buddies’ beloved Blackhawks.
Before the game, the firefighters stuffed themselves with pizza at Lou Malnati’s and had a few at the WestEnd near the United Center.
The old friends chatted and threw friendly barbs at each other, much of it using rather, ah, colorful language, much of it about the other’s accent.
The guys from Boston teased about the flat Midwest accent. The Chicago firefighters joked the thick Boston accent was impossible to understand.
“It’s a lot more fun if you’re the winner,” said Chicago firefighter Brian Clarke, 41.
White, the Chicago firefighter, joked, “Boston Strong. Chicago Stronger.”
“After the game, we celebrate win or lose,” Harvey said.
These guys won’t be apart for long. The Chicago firefighters will be traveling to Boston to go to Wednesday’s game.