The event began at 7 p.m. and concluded approximately two-and-a-half hours later. Admission was free, but donations were accepted at the gate.

The Guns N Hoses Softball Game has traditionally been played at the Salem Red Sox Haley Toyota Field. This marks the first year in a different location. Alan Lawrence, the Red Sox General Manager, has been instrumental in what Guns N Hoses has been able to accomplish over the last 15 years.

The head coaches, Caleb Hinchey (Guns) and Tony Rickman (Hoses), relish any opportunity to engage in friendly competition. Before the event got underway, Tiffany Bradbury sang the National Anthem while members of the Salem Fire and Roanoke City Fire Department Honor Guard held up both the United States and Commonwealth of Virginia Flag.

The game went back-and-forth, much to the delight of friends and family in the stands. It was the firefighters who ultimately defeated the police officers, 15 to 13.

“I enjoy the time on the field. In our professions, we face serious situations and are exposed to traumatic and stressful events on a daily basis. These events will wear on a person. When we have this game, it gives these great men and women a few…

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