Police officer Jessie Smith gets a hit during the 2017 St. Clair Shores Guns ‘n’ Hoses softball game. The game raises money for the Women’s Civic League of St. Clair Shores, Cops for Kids and the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

Police officer Jessie Smith gets a hit during the 2017 St. Clair Shores Guns ‘n’ Hoses softball game. The game raises money for the Women’s Civic League of St. Clair Shores, Cops for Kids and the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

File photo by Sean Work


Guns ‘n’ Hoses to return Aug. 10 in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 2, 2019

 Fire Department team captain Scott Campbell holds the trophy aloft after his team won two years ago.

Fire Department team captain Scott Campbell holds the trophy aloft after his team won two years ago.

File photo by Sean Work

 St. Clair Shores Police officer Matthew McCallister detours around firefighter Matt Larivee for a home run during the 2017 St. Clair Shores Guns ‘n’ Hoses softball game between the city’s Police and Fire departments at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park.

St. Clair Shores Police officer Matthew McCallister detours around firefighter Matt Larivee for a home run during the 2017 St. Clair Shores Guns ‘n’ Hoses softball game between the city’s Police and Fire departments at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park.

File photo by Sean Work

Advertisement

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Fire Department has had the 2017 Guns ‘n’ Hoses trophy in its possession for a couple of years.

And now, firefighter Scott Campbell said, they don’t want to give it up.

“We won the last game, and it’s been kind of nice having that trophy around for two years,” he said.

The Fire Department will have another chance to win the trophy when it takes on members of the St. Clair Shores Police Department during the Guns ‘n’ Hoses Charity Softball Classic Aug. 10 at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park, 32701 Harper Ave.

“We didn’t get to play last year. We’re super excited to play again,” said Campbell, who added that the Fire Department has won two games and the Police Department has won three.

“We have a big joke that the St. Clair Shores Police and Fire (departments) have the best relationship among every department in Macomb County, but there’s one day when we don’t like each other,” he said. “You get to taunt each other, tease each other for a few hours, and then you get to go back to cooperating as a family.”

This year’s Guns ‘n’ Hoses Charity Softball Classic will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10. Children’s activities, including inflatable bouncers, glitter tattoos and a magician, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., and the first pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for those 5 years and older and can be obtained at the Police Department or Fire Department in advance, or at the event for the same price.

Debbie Powell, of the St. Clair Shores Women’s Civic League, said that there are 50 door prizes from local businesses that will be awarded between innings. A ticket to the game is also an entry into the prize drawing.

Wally’s Frozen Custard will be at the event, and the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores will host the beer tent. Al’s Hot Dogs also will be available at the event.

Each year, the game raises money for causes that the three organizations support: the Great Lakes Burn Camp, St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids and the Women’s Civic League’s scholarship program.

Cops for Kids now helps local families year-round, not just at Christmastime, with gift cards for necessities such as groceries, said St. Clair Shores Community Resource Officer Chad Hammer.

He said that the police are looking forward to playing against the Fire Department once more.

“I think it’s for a good cause and it brings our Police Department together,” Hammer said. “We also want to win this year. We don’t want to lose again.”

“We’re trying to raise money for these charities. We did give away almost $3,000 in scholarships in May to local high school kids,” Powell said. “It’s just a really nice community event.”

Campbell said that the Fire Department practices when it can, but with a third of the members working at any time, sometimes the schedule is difficult to work out. Nevertheless, he said, they look forward to the game each year.

“Everybody that plays is on the job in the city. It’s another opportunity for us to interact socially,” he said. “We don’t get to do that a lot.”

“They got their rosters together pretty quick this year, so I think they’re ready to go,” Powell added.

To learn more, visit www.wclscs.com/meetings--events.html.

Advertisement