Fire Hoses Police in Annual Charity Softball Game

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 07, 2019 10:33 PM

When there's an emergency, they work together. But Wednesday night, Twin Ports police officers were pitted against firefighters. 

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The Guns & Hoses charity softball game is 12 years running, and Duluth Police have won 11 of them. But the friendly rivalry is what draws people in, and the Northern Lights Foundation comes out the real winner. 

"We have fundraising, we have a raffle, we have prizes," Dr. Ross Perko said. "But it's basically just a fun community event, getting people involved, getting people to know what we're all about."

For 148th firefighter Joe Sauer, it's an especially meaningful game. Last year, he had cancer and his daughter was fighting leukemia, all while his wife was pregnant. The Northern Lights Foundation gave the Sauer family a grant to help pay for medical expenses. 

"Having been on the other side of it ... that money has a face," Sauer said. "You can see where that money goes. It stays in the area, it's local, and it's just really helpful for people going through tough times." 

He said it was great to give back and play for the "Hoses" team. 

"You get the fire, you get the police, a bunch of good guys, some natural rivalries there," Sauer said. "It's a good time, good family event."

And this year, the firefighters notched a second win, beating the "Guns" 9-5. 


Baihly Warfield

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