Eric Larkin


Eric Larkin



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Belleville, IL 62220



Celebrating the Larkin Family at Jonny O’s 3-on-3 Affton Bash

On Friday April 21st the St. Louis Fire on Ice Hockey Club took on the St. Louis DAWG’S to kick off Jonny O’s 3-on-3 Affton Bash weekend. The community came together to help an injured Belleville Fire Fighter who was hurt in the line of duty. Mark Bassler was living out his dream career until tragedy struck. After a staircase collapsed while fighting a fire Mark was left unable to continue his job with the department and has faced a long road to recovery. After many surgeries and setbacks his still faces a challenging path forward. 

The community came together  for him on that night for him. St Louis Metropolitan police officer Ava Miller Gavlen sung a beautiful National Anthem. Mark dropped the Ceremonial Puck to kick off the game. After that he was presented a check for 10k in front of friends and family along with a special DAWG Nation jersey. Unfortunately for the DAWGS it wasn’t their night on the ice however fitting the moment his peers on the fire on Ice team took home the trophy that night. Mark was joined by his wife and children. Mark was very grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support for them. He spoke with both teams before the game and thanks everyone and wished them well in the game. 


A Tournament Road Trip Takes a Terrifying Turn:

Eric grew up playing hockey for The St Peter’s Hockey Club. Eric now coaches his son Brayden’s 12U team for St. Peters and has for 3 years now. Tragedy struck on their way home from a hockey tournament in Wisconsin. Eric had a seizure while driving. Which led up to a horrific car accident. Eric was airlifted to a nearby hospital and the family was taken by an ambulance. Since the accident, Eric has continued to experience seizures but his broken back is starting to heal. While Mary is still in a brace for her broken back and is waiting for a surgery determination. Both kids were slightly injured but healed well thankfully! Brayden is 11 and Harper is 9. Medical bills are starting to add up and the family will be facing a challenging road moving forward. This couldn’t have happened to a more valued family in our hockey community. We ask that you would please consider a donation on their behalf. 

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Our board at DAWG Nation has approved a 3:1 match per dollar. Your donation will help the Larkin family, who DAWG Nation has selected from its charitable class. Below is the PayPal link to use to donate to the family. 
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