The story of Detroit Police Captain Ken Steil is a sad one. If you remember, he was the officer who succumbed to his injuries after he was shot by a suspect he was chasing on September 12. That suspect has been charged with murder.

Steil had two boys and wife – and they’re the beneficiaries of this very special 3rd Annual Metro D 10 Alarm Chili Challenge. Fire and police departments from all over the Detroit area will face off in the ultimate chili cook-off.

The cook-off will be hosted by Charlie LeDuff of Fox 2 News, as well as well-known local restaurateurs Grace Keros from American Coney Island and Dino Bach from Dino’s in Ferndale.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event at the Detroit Zoo on on Saturday, November 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Zoo admission will be reduced to $10 (Zoo members admitted free) and a $10 donation at the event itself.

The proceeds from the event will support the wife and young children of Detroit Police Capt. Ken Steil.

The winning team, as determined by the voting public, will be named “Detroit’s Best First-Responder Chili Champion 2016.” As well as the food, there will be live music by local performers Escaping Pavement, The TomToms and Pearl Handled Necktie.

“It’s been an exceptionally difficult year for American Police Officers. And here in Detroit, we lost one of our finest, Capt. Ken Steil,” said LeDuff. “Please join us and Detroit’s first responders as we come together as a community to honor Ken’s service, his family, and his life. It’s the zoo. Bring the kids, but leave your long faces at home. I’d suggest a babysitter, too.”

The Detroit Zoo is at 8450 W 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

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