On Saturday, May 6th, WRA Softball, in collaboration with Whitpain Township Parks & Recreation, formally announced “Heroes Field” as the official new name of Wentz Run Park’s upper softball field.
Named in honor of the first responders, healthcare workers, military personnel, educators, and volunteers who serve Whitpain, Heroes Field pays tribute to these local heroes who make a profound impact on people’s lives and on our community.
WRA Softball Commissioners Kara Frederick and A.J. Russo made the announcement, joined by Fire Chief Ted Fonash and members of the Centre Square Fire Company. Officers from the Whitpain Police Department also joined, including Community Relations Officer John Gallager who helped organize.
Special memorials for Norristown Police Corporal Brian Kozera and former Centre Square Fire Chief Lee Miller were also announced.
Brian Kozera, a friend and supporter of WRA sports, was a hero in every sense of the word — as husband, father, public servant, cancer survivor, and as an elite triathete and trainer. He lived by a mantra of his own creation: Persevere & Prevail.
“In memory of Brian, and to carry his mantra and legacy forward, the words Persevere & Prevail will forever be part of Heroes Field, appearing on a plaque inside the home team’s dugout.” said A.J. Russo.
Kara Frederick additionally shared that Lee Miller, who served as Whitpain’s fire chief for over a decade, would soon be honored at Heroes Field with a memorial bench overlooking the outfield. Ceremony date to be announced.
WRA Softball would like to extend a special thank you to the Kozera Family, to all first responders who attended, and lastly, to all the local heroes of Whitpain Township that Heroes Field now pays tribute to.