Friendly softball matchup features two emergency service teams

Friendly softball matchup features...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - There was a friendly super hero matchup between two local emergency departments Sunday afternoon.

The La Crosse Police Department and the La Crosse Fire Department  squared off in the third annual Guns N' Hoses event.

The hour-long softball game, is part of the super hero night put on by the Loggers.

During the super hero night, the Loggers recognize emergency services personnel right before the first pitch of the Loggers baseball game.

Chris Goodell, general manager for the Loggers said the game is a great way to show appreciation to the departments.

“They go under appreciated a lot of times. People take them for granted and of course they do everything they can to keep us safe in this community we live in  and so this is an opportunity for them to get away from it all, enjoy themselves, and be recognized, as they should be," Goodell said. 

Kevin Kappauf, captain for the La Crosse Fire Department, said the event brings the teams and their members together.

"It's a lot of fun and we plan on having a great time. Like I said we have a lot new guys on our Fire Department and there are a lot of new police officers. So we're going to get to meet each other and see other. When we see each other on the street, we'll wave.  We'll know on the ball field or on the street we have each other's back," Kappauf said.

Andrew Rosenow, an investigator with the La Crosse Police Department, said the event is family friendly, allowing families to spend some quality time with each other in a fun way.

"Just being able to see a lot of fun and a lot of smiles on everyone's faces. With the families that are here, the kids that are here. It gets their moms or dads out on the field, they get to show of their skills," Rosenow said.

Guns N' Hoses is presented by Western Technical College.

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