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Firefighters Defeat St. Louis County Police in First Charity Softball Game

South County's first responders competed in a softball game that benefitted the Backstoppers, Inc.

Kids lined the bases for autographs after a game that involved heroes instead of professional athletes when St. Louis County Police officers took on firefighters from the in a softball game Sunday night. 

Despite friendly jeers of 'hose-draggers,' the firefighters prevailed and defeated the police 19-13. 

The game benefitted the Backstoppers, Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports family members of first responders who died in the line of duty. 

The organized the game at the Gateway Grizzlies Stadium in Sauget, IL. 

The police and firefighters competed for the first time in what Chamber Director Donna Schumann hopes to be an annual event. 

"We learned a lot, but we're definitely going to do it again," she said. The game raised $500 for the Backstoppers. 

Mike Klund July 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Sorry I didn't make the game. Congratulations to Chief Brian Hendricks and his Team! Great photography Sarah.
Lindsay Toler July 30, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Looks like it was a beautiful day for it! Glad the drizzle cooled things off!
Sarah Flagg July 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thanks, Mike! It was a great time!
Eric James Jarvis July 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM
It was a lot of fun, especially the beginning of the 5th inning when i sang God Bless America, that was a blast :)

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