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Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:28 p.m.
 

The heat is on for Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held and nine of his deputies.

Each member of the group will attempt to eat a dozen chicken wings bathed in blazing hot sauce to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Buffalo Wild Wings in Hempfield, which is hosting Sunday's event, will donate 10 percent of customers' checks that day to the charity.

“Our veterans have been through a lot and some who came back are injured and need health care. This will help pay their medical bills,” Held said.

Held and his deputies will attempt to eat wings covered in the restaurant's signature “Blazin' ” sauce, the hottest wings served at Buffalo Wild Wings.

According to the restaurant, the sauce's heat content reaches 300,000 Scoville units, a scale that measures a pepper's heat level.

Managers at Buffalo Wild Wings declined to say just what makes the sauce so hot, but the famed habanero pepper weighs in at about 350,000 Scoville units.

Ray Flowers, owner of the Sun Dawg Cafe in Greensburg and a culinary instructor at Westmoreland County Community College, said peppers that carry that level of heat will be hard to eat.

“Have you ever eaten hot lava? It's that hot,” Flowers said.

The ghost pepper, at 1 million Scoville units is the hottest pepper around, Flowers said. The jalapeno is relatively mild on the heat scale, at about 2,500 Scoville units.

The eating challenge will begin at 2 p.m.

The group will have six minutes to eat a dozen wings. They won't be able to drink during the challenge. They can't use dipping sauces to lessen the heat and they can't use a napkin to wipe their face or even touch their face.

There's no prize for the winner, just the satisfaction of completing the challenge, Held said.

“I've eaten some pretty hot wings in my life but I doubt I can finish. I've heard some of my guys can eat some pretty hot food,” Held said.

“We have one brand-new deputy who eats that sauce all the time, but I don't know if he is participating. He might have to work.”

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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