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Matt Porcari Memorial Hose Race

OWEGO -- A fallen Owego firefighter is honored with a fitting tribute.

The Owego Hose Team hosted the Matt Porcari Memorial Hose Race Saturday at the Owego Strawberry Festival.  Hundreds watched on as firefighters from all across the Southern Tier showed off their hosing skills.  Porcari's family joined in on the fun, and they say he was a passionate hose racer.  He began hose racing at the age of 16.

"It's awesome just awesome, just unbelievable the support. I mean he hose raced for a long time he won one of the champions when he was younger," said Matthew Porcari's mother, Cheri Porcari.

Poracri passed away while fighting a structure fire in January.  His hometown Owego has had a long tradition of hose racing dating back to the 1940's.

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