NORFOLK, NE — Fire and police personnel are turning in their guns and hoses for a bat and a glove.
It’ll be a battle of the badges as Norfolk Fire and the Norfolk Police Department meet at home plate for a charity softball game this Sunday.
Norfolk Fire Inspector Jerry Thompson came up with the idea one night while on twitter.
Unlike most days, Thompson says the police and fire personnel will be batting for a different team.
“We work together all the time on calls; fire calls, rescue calls, we work a lot together. There’s a strong camaraderie between us.’
Police officer Sean Soderberg is looking forward to some friendly competition and seeing some new faces.
“There’s several guys I dont even know and I’ve been here seven years, and I’m sure they feel the same way.” Soderberg says, “It’s a great way to interact with one another for two great causes.”
The money raised from the event will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Children’s Miracle Network.
So who’s going to win? After all, all you have to do is hit hard, run fast and turn left.
Thompson says, “I think the police officers might have the edge, they have a few more seasoned softball players than we do, but we’re going to give them a run for their money.”
Soderberg agrees. “That’s why are going to give them a ten run lead, I’m a cop I got to be serious.”
Thompson says the fire department doesn’t have any softball players, unlike PD who has six, including Soderberg.
The game will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at Ta Ha Zouka Park at Field #3.