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Rawlings-Blake surprises Engine Company 52 with Denver steaks

Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver still hasn't performed his version of Ray Lewis' signature dance but he did make good on the other part of his losing bet with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

By the Thursday following Baltimore's dramatic victory over Denver in a divisional playoff game, a box of dry aged rib-eye from Denver's Lombardi Brothers Meats arrived at the Baltimore mayor's office.

What, people wondered, does a mayor do with a box of rib-eye steaks?

On Saturday afternoon, Rawlings-Blake stopped by the Engine Company 52 fire station on Woodbrook Avenue. The company, which had been informed of the mayor's visit but thought she was coming for a routine walk-through. The steaks were a surprise for the company.

The mayor's decision to give the steaks away to a fire house came soon after the Ravens' Saturday night victory, according to a spokesman.

The mayor's office contacted the local firefighter's union, whose president, Rick Hoffman, gave the gesture his blessing. "It's a small token, and I think they appreciate the hell out of it." said Hoffman, who attended the afternoon delivery along with brass from the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Founded in 1921, Engine Company 52 serves the greater Mondawmin community. The company's website says it's "the only single-engine company in the Fifth Battalion, and the busiest."

52, of course, is the uniform number worn by retiring Baltimore Raven linebacker Ray Lewis, and Engine Company 52 has a reputation in the Baltimore City Fire Department for its resiliency and toughness, according to assistant police chief Jeffrey Segal.

"They're like a middle linebacker," Segal said. "They cover a wide territory at a moment's notice."

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