Rams Invited 3,000 First Responders, Victims of Borderline Shooting and California Fires to MNF: 'You Would Not Believe What It Means to Us'

Members of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department present the colors before the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams paid tribute to the victims and the people affected by recent events in Southern California before their Monday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In the past two weeks, the area has been struck by two tragedies of a very different nature. On November 7, 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, only a few miles down the road from the Rams' training facility on the campus of California Lutheran University.

A day later, the Woolsey Fire began, burning through 96,949 acres, killing three people and forcing thousands of residents of Ventura County and Los Angeles County to evacuate as it destroyed almost 1,500 structures.

"The Los Angeles Rams practice right there at Cal Lutheran University," Ventura County Fire Department Captain Stan Ziegler said, according to ESPN.

"Many of our fire department members sneak over there and look over the fence and watch our home team practice. It's exciting for us to be able to come here. It's great to make that connection with our hometown team. You would not believe what it means to us," he added.

The Rams provided approximately 3,000 complimentary tickets for their eagerly awaited showdown against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football and worked with fire and law enforcement agencies to ensure tickets got to the right people. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City but was moved to Los Angeles after the NFL raised issues with the state of the turf at the Estadio Azteca in the Mexican capital.

Karen and Jordan Helus, the wife and son of Ron Helus—the Ventura County sheriff's sergeant who was killed in the Borderline shooting—had the honor of lighting the Coliseum Torch prior to kickoff.

Karen and Jordan Helus, wife and son of fallen Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, light the Coliseum Torch before kickoff of a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, Ventura County Assistant Sheriff Chris Dunn and Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Kevin Donoghue were also in attendance. Meanwhile, the sons of Sean Adler, a member of the security team at Borderline who was killed in the shooting, served as the Rams' honorary water boys.

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Rams quarterback Jared Goff and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth met families of the shooting victims on the field after the game and spent time talking to them.

This one was for you, LA. @JaredGoff16 + @awhitworth77 share the win with families of the victims from the Borderline shooting. #LATogether pic.twitter.com/mFPBgVC54E

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 20, 2018

Both the Rams and the Chiefs paid tribute to a number of fire and law enforcement agencies in the Los Angeles area by wearing specially designed hats, which, along with the game-worn jerseys, will be auctioned off.

The teams confirmed that the proceeds from the sales will be donated to relief operations.

The 3,000 fans who were given complimentary tickets were treated to a game for the ages, as the Rams edged the Chiefs 54-51 in the highest-ever scoring game in the history of Monday Night Football.

The Rams are now 10-1 and in total control of the NFC West, while the Chiefs are 9-2 and remain top of the AFC West.