Police to face firefighters at men’s basketball halftime

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It’s not too often police officers and fire fighters are recognized for the duties they do every day in a community.

This subject was something Dev Kumar, basketball promotions coordinator, wants to bring to attention this Wednesday through an event called Guns and Hoses.

The event involves campus police and city firefighters facing off in a six-minute basketball game at halftime. The score will be kept and a trophy awarded to the winning team.

“We just wanted to give back to the BG police and fire departments for everything they do,” Kumar said. “We just want them to have a little bit of fun. It’s a fun event that I think everyone will enjoy.”

Kumar approached Chris Marcum, director of marketing and promotions, with the idea. He did some research that showed similar promotions have been successful for universities nationwide.

“I think it will be fun for the fans and fun for the teams playing,” Marcum said. “They are great to work with. After this Wednesday, we would like to make this promotion an every year thing.”

The campus police and fire department have a little bit of a rivalry, so this game could be intense and the winning team could gain bragging rights for years to come.

Fireman Ronnie Closson said most of the guys participating played some basketball back in high school.

“We have had a couple practices,” Closson said. “We are not as good as we once were obviously, but we should be alright. It will be fun and it’s nice to be recognized by the community.”

Captain Mike Campbell of the campus police department said their team has a variety of experience. Some police have just played basketball in high school, while some have played collegiately.

“We are pretty excited to play,” Campbell said. “We have a little bit of a friendly rivalry with the fire department and I’m excited to be out in front of the community. Hopefully this will become an every event. I’m looking forward to it.”