PD, FD face off in new ‘midsummer classic’

Guns ‘n’ Hoses game to benefit 3 charities

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 24, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Though they are usually on the same side, this year the answer to who would win if police and firefighters were pitted against each other will be decided in August.

That’s when the inaugural Guns ‘n’ Hoses Softball Classic will have a team of current St. Clair Shores Police Officers face off against current St. Clair Shores Firefighters to support three different charities.

Organized by the Police and Fire departments and the St. Clair Shores Women’s Civic League, festivities will start at Kyte Monroe, 32701 Harper Ave., at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 with food trucks, door prizes, music from a DJ and 50/50 raffles. The game will be played under the lights starting at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets for entry are $5 and visitors can buy T-shirts for $10 each to support the team of their choice — blue for the Police Department and red for the Fire Department.

The city of St. Clair Shores is donating the umpires and the use of Kyte Monroe Park. All proceeds will be split between the charity of choice for each of the organizations: the Great Lakes Burn Camp for the Fire Department, the Police Department’s Honor Guard, and the grants and scholarships program for the Women’s Civic League.

“Our Honor Guard goes all throughout the state for fallen officers who have died in the line of duty, to be there for their memorial service,” said Police Community Resource Officers Kevin Kimm. “Our ultimate goal is to one day let them have the experience of sending them down to Washington, D.C., during the month of May: Law Enforcement Month.”

Firefighter paramedic Scott Campbell, spokesman for St. Clair Shores Firefighters Local 1744, said the police and firefighters faced off in a charity hockey game a few years ago, and that was so popular, they wanted to do something similar again.

“This will be nice to come together as a police and fire family, and we wanted to include the whole community,” he said.

A dozen players will be on each team, with 10 each on the field. The goal, Campbell said, is to turn the event into an annual “midsummer classic.”

Debbie Powell, treasurer of the Women’s Civic League and the Guns ‘n’ Hoses chair, said she had seen police versus fire department softball games in other cities and they always seemed fun.

“A fun way to bring everybody together and have three charities benefit from it,” she said.

The entertainment will also include performances from some local dance schools. The team that triumphs will be awarded a trophy they will keep for a year until the next game.

Powell said some City Council members have already bought T-shirts in both colors and are sewing them together to show support for both teams.

“You have to pick, one or the other, or buy both!” she said.

Children 5 years and younger can attend the event free.

“We think it’s a great way to bring everyone together for a special night,” Kimm said.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Fire Department by calling (586) 445-5380 or the Women’s Civic League at (586) 530-2702. Tickets and T-shirts are also available online at www. scswomenscivicleague.info. Tickets will also be available at the gate.