BSO Detective Maury Hernandez throws the first pitch!

February 4, 2008

BSO Detective Maury Hernandez throws the first pitch

Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Maury Hernandez (with brother Josue) prepares to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Margate Youth Baseball League season kickoff on Saturday morning. Hernandez’s pitch was caught by Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor. Team mascot Billy the Marlin was also on the ball field. The Margate Youth Baseball League has over 650 kids from ages 4 to 16 playing on 53 teams. The league also holds the distinct honor of winning two state titles, a first for any league statewide. In their last season, they won the Mustang Division (9 and 10-year-olds) and Bronco Division (11 and 12-year-olds). The winning Bronco Division coach: league president (and Broward Sheriff) Al Lamberti, who has served as league president for seven years. Saturday’s Jamboree Celebration included rides, food, games and a display by the Margate Police Dept. and Broward Crime Stoppers who took DNA samples and fingerprinted kids for their parents’ safe keeping. Hernandez was critically wounded back in August, 2007 after being shot by a fleeing suspect in Pembroke Park.

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