Second annual Guns ‘N’ Hoses softball game on tap

By: Sherri Kolade | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 20, 2016

 Roseville Fire Department player Brian Wisniewski pitches during the Guns ‘N’ Hoses charity softball game last year, which the Fire Department won.

Roseville Fire Department player Brian Wisniewski pitches during the Guns ‘N’ Hoses charity softball game last year, which the Fire Department won.

File photo by Sean Work


ROSEVILLE — Roseville, let the games begin.

It’s time already for the second annual Guns ‘N’ Hoses softball game, set for 2 p.m. July 10 at Roseville High School, 17855 Common Road.

The game once again will have Roseville’s Police and Fire departments square off — with the Fire Department looking to defend its win.
Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. with a host of activities for children and adults alike; the game will take place at the high school’s softball diamond-east section.

The event is made possible by a collaboration with Macomb Mall and the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, and also through a sponsorship from Red Robin Burgers & Brews.

This year’s proceeds will go toward the purchase of a special-event medical vehicle for the Roseville Fire Department to use during RoseFest, the Big Bird Run, the Dream Dash, parades, sporting events and more, according to a press release.

Last year, more than $16,000 was raised toward the purchase of a second K-9 unit for the Police Department.

Roseville Fire Department paramedic Ryan Stewart said recently that event representatives contacted the Fire Department and offered to do the marketing of this year’s game and put this year’s funds toward the Fire Department.

“Something like that ... would give us a quicker response to patients in situations that have a large crowd gathering, like fairs or big events in the city,” he said, adding that such a vehicle would not typically be put in the budget, but it could expand Fire Department services.

The vehicle, Stewart said, would have paramedic equipment and many other features that would allow firefighters to provide a quick response.

Stewart said that while he is not sure how much a vehicle like that would cost — the department currently is pricing it — the Fire Department would like to purchase either a golf cart or all-terrain vehicle based on the funds raised.

“The more money raised, the better vehicle we could get,” he said, adding that golf carts could range from $3,000 to $12,000.

Stewart also said that as far as who will win, the answer is pretty obvious.

“It doesn’t really matter who wins — it does. It’s going to be the Fire Department,” he said with a chuckle. “We’re defending champions. So we should be able to back that up this year.”

Stewart said that the Fire Department is borrowing a dunk tank from the Dearborn Fire Department, and there will be much fun to be had.

Linda Weishaupt, Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce executive director, said that the event last year had a great turnout, and the same is expected this year.

“We had a lot of community participation,” Weishaupt said, adding that she is keeping her lips sealed on who she thinks will win the upcoming game. “It’s a lot of fun. The guys have a lot of fun with it, and they bring it to the field.”

Samantha Grosman, Macomb Mall marketing coordinator, said that everyone is excited to be able to put this event together to help the community.

“We decided it is only fair to raise money for the Fire Department,” she said, adding that attendees can look forward to the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews five-alarm burger tent.

“They will be preparing special lunch items,” she said.

Grosman added that the game might even become a tradition in the city.

“Hopefully, down the road, we will be able to make this a Roseville tradition that we do every year,” she said, adding that she is rooting for the Fire Department because her fiancé is a firefighter in a different city.

“He understands the need for new equipment,” she said.

Roseville Police Sgt. Andrew Berger said recently that the event is positive for everyone, although the Fire Department might lose.

“This year we are hoping to redeem ourselves and take their place,” Berger said, adding that the department rivalry is in good fun. “I think the game (has) brought us a little closer together, kind of a common ground — something to do together.”

Berger added that he hopes attendees will get to see the respective departments in a new light.

“I think it’s nice for them (community members) to see us in a different setting, rather than our typical jobs,” he said.

Tickets will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children between the ages of 3 and 12; kids younger than that will be admitted for free. Tickets will be available at the event.