Police, firefighters to play ball

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 05:28 PM

Firefighters and police officers, accustomed to working with one another, will set aside their guns and hoses to face each other in a friendly game of baseball at Saturday’s Community Day ― a fun-filled day when residents can meet and greet those who work daily to help keep Durham neighborhoods safe.   

Community Day starts at 3 p.m., and the game begins at 5 p.m. at Hillside High School, at 3727 Fayetteville St. Other activities include a moon bounce, food, police and fire vehicles and a chance to meet mascots Sparky and McGruff.

There is no cost to attend the game, but those attending can bring canned food to support the Salvation Army. If it rains, Community Day will be held June 29. 

“Both teams will play to win, but the main goal will be to connect with residents,” said Police Chief Jose Lopez. “Preventing and fighting crimes and fires is a joint effort between the community, police and fire departments. Community Day is another opportunity for us to reach out to our residents in a fun way while providing great information to help keep their families safe.” 

“Introducing fire prevention topics and activities to the community is an ongoing initiative we’re committed to, and we enjoy using fun occasions like Community Day to drive home safety tips to our residents,” said Fire Chief Dan Curia.  “Opportunities like these also help us to strengthen relationships with our community, which is very helpful in emergency situations.” 

To find out more about Community Day and the baseball game, contact Sierra Mckoy, public information officer with the Durham Fire Department, at 919-560-4233, ext. 19242 or by email at Sierra.Mckoy@DurhamNC.gov, or Kammie Michael, public information officer with the Durham Police Department, at 919-560-4322, ext. 29195 or by email at Kammie.Michael@DurhamNC.gov.