Fire, police charity game benefits local kids
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
May 29, 2014 | 2054 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charity basketball game
Firefighters and police officers from the Tracy public safety departments did battle on the basketball court and raised $1,500 for three local causes during the third annual Guns & Hoses game Saturday in the Tracy High School gymnasium. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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After two years of losing to the Tracy Fire Department, the Tracy Police Department basketball team pulled off a big win at the third annual Guns & Hoses game in the Tracy High School gymnasium on Saturday.

The police team won the game 56-38, but according to the Tracy Police team captain and event coordinator, officer Rich Graham, the real winners were the three charities that benefited from the event’s proceeds.

“It’s a win for us to show the people we work here, but we also care about what happens here,” he said. “It’s a little something to show the community we care.”

Graham said the $1,500 raised at the game this year was split among the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, the family of West High baseball player Matt Sullivan, who is battling leukemia, and a fund for a public safety scholarship to help a local high school graduate attend college.

The money was raised through the sale of game tickets, T-shirts and raffle tickets.

As the winner, Tracy Police Department was awarded the Guns & Hoses trophy, which will go on display in the police station, 1000 Civic Center Drive, until the next game in March.

The captain of the Tracy Fire Department team, Paul O’Neal, said the departments hope to make the competition a long-running tradition in Tracy.

“We won it the first two years, and this year they took it to us,” he said. “It was fun coming out and doing it, especially for a local kid.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at or 830-4225.

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