Source: nwfdailynews.com / Annie Blanks
First responders from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, South Walton Fire District and Panama City Fire Department are used to giving back to the community, and Saturdayafternoon was no different.
But instead of patrolling the streets or rushing to accidents, the deputies and firefighters picked up a bat and a ball during the fifth annual Guns vs. Hoses Softball Tournament at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex in Hammock Bay.
The event raises money for a local charity or someone in need.
This year, the men and women raised money for Cancer Freeze, a nonprofit organization based in Florala, Alabama, that provides financial assistance to those suffering from cancer who live within 60 miles of Florala. Cancer Freeze has raised more than $250,000 during the past 10 years.
“We come out here to try to give back to the community that we serve every day,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hogeboom. “We just try to have fun with it, and it’s a great cause.”
The Guns vs. Hoses tournament started five years ago when first responders joined forces to help a South Walton firefighter who had injured himself in an off-duty accident. The departments decided to continue the tourney the next year, and this time around opted to raise money for Cancer Freeze.
“It’s good, healthy competition between first responders,” said Lt. Scott Daly with the Panama City Fire Department. “We may rag on each other here and there, but we all have the same goal.”