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Annual college bowl game honoring hometown heroes nationwide set for Dec. 26 on ABC

WHAT: SERVPRO® is set to host the third annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, a great college football game honoring the everyday frontline heroes in towns and cities across the nation.

WHO: This year’s game will match the University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (ranked #19 by the NCAA) against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners.

WHERE: The game will be played at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park, Texas.

WHEN: Kickoff for the contest is set for Saturday, Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ABC. Due to COVID social distancing restrictions, limited seating is available in two- or four-person “pods”. First responders and fans are encouraged to visit for ticket information.

WHY: “SERVPRO professionals deal with the aftermath of the unexpected every day,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of Servpro Industries, LLC, “but first responders deal with the unexpected when it’s happening. They are first on the scene, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect people and property. The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is our opportunity each year to say ‘thank you’ on a national stage to these brave men and women – and their families – who set an example of courage and sacrifice for all of us.”

INFO: Each year, SERVPRO asks their franchisees nationwide to submit the name of a first responder in their local community to be considered for special recognition at the game. SERVPRO selects one first responder from this group of nominees to be honored with an award. In previous years, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, through the generosity of corporate partners, has been able to provide thousands of free tickets for first responders to attend the bowl game with their families.

“It seems especially meaningful this year to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women who continue to put the welfare of others ahead of their personal safety,” said David Touchton, a disaster remediation specialist with SERVPRO® of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. “These people are our hometown heroes, and we’re proud to play a part in dedicating this event to them.”

CONTACT: Due to COVID social distancing restrictions, seating is limited to two- or four-person “pods”. First responders and fans are encouraged to visit for ticket information.

For more information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, visit For more information on SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands, please contact David Touchton at (863)510-5962 or For more information about SERVPRO, please visit


Founded in 1967, SERVPRO is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, biohazard remediation and professional disinfecting services. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,800 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO system has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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