About Arrest and
Extinguish ALS
The inaugural Arrest and Extinguish ALS, inspired and organized by Mike Polidoro and Jeff Roosa, event was held on May 18, 2019, at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. The event invited first responders from in and around the Massachusetts to form teams, fundraise, and compete in a tug-of-war competition. Community members were encouraged to donate to their favorite team and cheer them on. The two inaugural events that were thrown raised over $85,000 for ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute ALS TDI.
Learn how to get involved and join our mission!
Start Your Own Event
To learn more and start an Arrest & Extinguish ALS event in your area, email us at events@als.net. If you are interested in participating in an existing event, you can view our full events calendar here.
We Continue to Fight in Their Memory
Michael Polidoro
Michael (Mike) Polidoro, was affectionately known as "Iron Mike" by his friends and colleagues and served in the Pittsfield Fire Department for 28 years. As his nickname suggests, Mike was a force to be reckoned with. He led a remarkable career in his department, responding to countless natural and manmade disasters.
He assisted in the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina as a member of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Massachusetts Task Force 1 Team based in Beverly, MA. However, when he was diagnosed with ALS, he sadly had to retire from the department. His firefighter community remains tremendously supportive and dedicated a fire engine in his name - Poly's Pride.
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Jeffery Roosa
When the Town of Lee, Massachusetts Police Department participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August 2014, they never imagined that they would be hit so close to home just 3 years later. Chief of Police, Jeffrey (Jeff) Roosa was diagnosed with ALS in September 2017. Jeff was born and raised in Lee, joining the Police Department 2001, after serving as a Police Officer in the Town of Sheffield from 1996 until 2001. Before being appointed to chief of the Lee department in 2013.
During his 23-year career he served on the counties regional Special Response Team for 16 of those years. He even ran his first marathon in 2009. He was fit and in shape. It was on Father's Day 2016 that Jeff noticed something was wrong when his running time was slower than expected and his leg muscles started cramping and twitching while riding his bike. When he saw his doctor, he was assured, "it's just nerves" - nothing to worry about. After several more visits with specialists, he finally got his diagnosis – ALS.
Jeffery Roosa
Research to Learn More About ALS and First Responders
ALS TDI aims to better understand how ALS affects first responders by studying the data collected through our ALS Research Collaborative (ARC). ALS TDI hopes that more first responders will continue to join the program so that we can continue to learn more about this connection. To learn more about research at ALS TDI, visit https://www.als.net/als-research/.
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Unlocking the power of data and collaboration to end ALS
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