Article from:Â The Washington Post –
“One of the most indelible images from theÂ the Nationalsâ€™ clubhouse celebrationÂ Tuesday after Washington clinched its second National League East division title in three years was Bryce Harper in a custom D.C. Fire Department firefighterâ€™s helmet. Harperâ€™sÂ cryptic, since-deleted tweet last Friday asking D.C. firefighters for a favor in exchange for a bat or some tickets now made sense.
Harperâ€™s appeal made its way to D.C. firefighter John Landi, a seven-year veteran of the department who works at Truck 17. Landi tweeted back and was eventually put in touch with one of Harperâ€™s representatives, who explained that the outfielderÂ was hoping to acquire a custom, authentic DCFD firefighter helmet with his name and No. 34 to wear after the NationalsÂ clinched the division. One of Landiâ€™s friends in the department started working on the helmet on Friday. By Sunday, it wasÂ ready to be shipped to Atlanta.
A family engagement prevented Landi from watching Tuesdayâ€™s division-clinching win, but he was in front of a TV in time to see the Nationalsâ€™ beer-filed postgame party.
â€œWeâ€™re watching it and they all start to put their hats on,â€ said Landi, who kept the helmet a secret from most of his co-workers. â€œMy fiancÃ©e is like, â€˜Heâ€™s not wearing it, heâ€™s not wearing it.â€™ I said, â€˜Just wait.â€™ Then he put it on. All the DCFD guys were going nuts over it. It was all over Twitter and everything.â€ Full Story Continued…