Police versus firefighters to raise money for charities

It will be a battle of heroes as the Snellville Police Department will square off against the Gwinnett County Fire Department in a charity softball game at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Briscoe Park on Lenora Church Road. The first Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Game will be played on Briscoe Park's new softball fields with activities for the entire family starting at 12 p.m.

The Guns (Snellville Police Department) will be playing for the Amanda Riley Foundation, an organization named after Snellville resident Amanda Riley who passed away after a battle with cancer when she was a teen. The Hoses (Gwinnett County Fire Department) will be playing for the Gwinnett Fire Employee Benevolent Fund.

"Our officers and staff are excited to participate in this worthwhile event," said SPD Chief Roy Whitehead. "We appreciate the working relationship with the Gwinnett County Fire Department and their willingness to engage with our city and all who worked so hard to bring this to fruition."

There will be fire trucks and police vehicles including a SWAT truck and Snellville's Cop Cab. Concessions will be available from the Masonic Lodge.

Admission is free for those who bring a canned food item, which will be given to the Give Hunger the Boot effort which benefits the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op.

"The 'Firefighters from Gwinnett' softball team is looking forward to participating in a friendly competition against our counterparts in law enforcement at the Snellville Police Department," said GCFD Capt. Tommy Rutledge. "Both departments are playing for a worthy charitable cause. I have always said that when it comes to softball against fire and police, it's anybody's match. It's been said that police can run, they just can't hit - and firefighters can hit, they just can't run. Come out to the park and bring your family and friends for a great game and time of fellowship with those who serve and protect our community."