Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Christopher R. Midgett – Image (c) The 1994 BHS Yearbook, all rights reserved

Classmates, teammates, and friends of former Bedford High School student-athlete Chris Midgett will rededicate a memorial water fountain near the main gate of Sabourin Field around 9:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving, a few minutes before the start of the 46th annual Bedford-Concord-Carlisle Thanksgiving football game. Everyone is invited to the ceremony.

Midgett, a star football and basketball player in the BHS Class of 1994 and a resident of Hanscom Air Force Base, was fatally shot as he sat in a parked car with friends in Portsmouth, VA in March 1998.

At the time of his death, Midgett was a criminal justice major and varsity football player at Northeastern University. Shortly after the incident, grieving classmates, teammates and others donated funds to install a water fountain at the field where he played football for the Buccaneers.

The memorial fountain was used by athletes and spectators alike for almost two decades,  but several months ago it failed due to its age.

A replacement fountain, also financed by donations gathered by Midgett’s friends and teammates, has been installed by the Department of Public Works, adjacent to the POMS Snack Shack, and is ready for Thursday’s dedication.

Mike Rosenberg, the keynote speaker at the Bedford Rotary Club’s traditional pre-Thanksgiving luncheon for seniors on the Concord-Carlisle and Bedford football teams, related the Midgett water fountain story as a paradigm for the value of sports. “The games are important,” Rosenberg said, “but it’s the friendship, the relationships, and the bonds that the teams create that are the most important.”

If all goes according to plan, Chris Midgett’s mother will travel from her home in Charlotte, NC, to attend Thursday’s dedication and the BHS/CCHS game as a guest of one of his coaches.

Coaches and Captains, 1993 – Coaches Petrillo, Sabourin, and Campbell with Captains John Taylor, Chris Farmer, Brendan McGrath, and Chris Midgett – Courtesy image (c) Bedford High School Yearbook – Click to view a larger image

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