Hoses seek to douse Guns Saturday

safe haven logoBy MELINDA WILLIAMS



The Hoses will try to drown out the Guns Saturday to stop a second straight law enforcement victory in the annual Safe Haven Guns-N-Hoses charity softball game.

The Guns, made up of area law enforcement and REMSI medics, defeated the Hoses, firefighters from all seven county fire departments, 27-22 in 2013, despite a last minute rally by the Hoses.

This year’s game begins at 7 p.m. at historic Calfee Park in southeast Pulaski. However, gates open at 5 p.m. for additional entertainment, plus fire department and law enforcement displays and demonstrations.

Guns-N-Hoses, in its sixth year, benefits Safe Haven Child Visitation Centers of the New River Valley, a nonprofit, all-volunteer agency. It provides traumatized, abused and/or neglected children with a safe place to visit with estranged parents during court ordered supervised visitations.

Safe Haven is strictly dependant upon donations and grants to operate. Guns-N-Hoses serves as a major source of income and is its only fundraiser of the year.

WDBJ-7 in Roanoke is again partnering with Safe Haven on the softball game, so this year’s “honorary” coaches are evening anchor Chris Hurst for the Guns and reporter David Kaplan for the Hoses.

Door prizes donated by area businesses will be given away during the game and Pulaski Baseball Inc. will provide concessions.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the game include Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski and Dublin police departments and Virginia State Police.

Current weather forecasts call for a high temperature in the upper 80s and only a 30 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms Saturday. However, in the event of a rainout, the game will be postponed until Saturday, Aug. 16.



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