The McMinnville Police Department and the McMinnville Fire Department will square off on the field for a good cause in the inaugural Battle of the Badges softball game on Friday, August 5.
Firefighter Scott Norrod and Sarah Medley of the McMinnville Police Department organized this event. Not only will the game promote healthy competition, but it will also help provide school supplies to students in need. School supplies will be donated to local teachers.
The game will take place at Cat Walker Field and admission is free, but organizers would like everyone to bring donations of school supplies. Everyone who brings school supplies will be entered into a raffle for door prizes.
“We do a drawing and give out gift cards and different things like that. Some things were donated by city employees and some by businesses,” Medley said. “We will donate school supplies. We have teachers who have volunteered to work the concessions and work the gate. We are going to have police and fire vehicles to store school supplies in. »
Teachers will be recognized before the game and Warren County High School’s new executive director, Chris Hobbs, will throw the first pitch.
As expected, there was a bit of back and forth between the departments before the big game.
“There’s been some healthy talk lately,” Medley joked.
“It’s one of those things where I can say bad things about the police because they’re my siblings, but you better not,” Norrod said.
Win or lose, the departments are happy to help the community. Norrod hopes to make this an annual event.
“I think it doesn’t matter, win or lose, we want to come together for the kids and get them the supplies they need,” Medley said.
They encourage everyone who comes to wear red in support of firefighters or blue in support of police services. Those with a split allegiance can wear red and blue or purple to stay neutral.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Cat Walker Field, located at the Milner Recreation Center. If anyone would like to donate school supplies in advance or has questions, call Medley at 931-259-5073 or Norrod at 931-224-8515.