Martha’s Vineyard first responders joined in fundraising effort

The Island team (standing left to right): Derek Back, Oak Bluffs Police department; Steve Conley,, OBPD; Alex Schaeffer, Edgartown Fire Department; Jim Neville, West Tisbury Police department; former Boston Bruin Lyndon Byers; Tim Williamson, OBPD; Dayce Moore, Edgartown Police department; Seth Harlow, OBPD. Kneeling (left to right): Chris Wiggin, OBPD; Mike Snowden, EPD; and Kurstin Meehan, Edgartown EMS. — Photo courtesy of Jen Neville

A team from Martha’s Vineyard joined nearly 500 first responders at Gillette Stadium field for a symbolic 26-hour workout marathon that raised $117,000 for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Ten Vineyarders participated. “Our team raised almost $3,000 for the cause,” Oak Bluffs police Lt. Tim Williamson said. “It was grueling but a lot of fun.”

The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council SWAT team, in conjunction with Gillette Stadium, hosted 37 first response teams for the 26-hour endurance event that began at 2:50 pm, Saturday, June 22, and concluded shortly after 4 pm, Sunday, June 23, with the goal of raising over $100,000 for The One Fund Boston, according to a report in the Patriot Ledger.