Gilbert Police, Fire square off in softball for fun and toys

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The Gilbert Fire and Police department teams exchange high fives after the Bases and Badges charity softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Fire and Police department teams exchange high fives after the Bases and Badges charity softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Fans showed their support for the Gilbert Fire and Police departments at the Bases and Badges softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Toys were gathered by the trash bag-full at the Bases and Badges softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspapeer)
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Firefighter Nicholas Tallet loads to hit a pitch with Sgt. Dan Brause from the Gilbert Police Department's Public Affairs Division playing catcher. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Gilbert Police Department Public Affairs Officer Dani Covey delivers a pitch at the Bases and Badges charity softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Gilbert Police Department team runs down a firefighter during action at the Bases and Badges charity softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Gilbert Police Officer Pierce Hingson looks on from the dugout at the action at the Bases and Badges charity softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Gilbert Police Officer Dakotah Richter aids a child at the Bases and Badges softball game. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A girl gets ready to kick into a sea of kids and public safety workers during the Bases and Badges postgame kickball event. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Gilbert Police and Fire gather after the Bases and Badges charity softball game for a combined photo. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Gilbert Fire and Police departments met on the softball field at Cactus Yards on Dec. 6 with an ulterior motive—gathering toys and clothing for the departments' holiday drives.

While the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department won the game 20-5, the departments came away with a dozen garbage bags full of donations from the event, Gilbert Police spokeswoman Officer Dani Covey said. Over the weekend at Cactus Yards, two truckloads worth of goods were collected for the drive.


After the game, kids joined the firefights and police officers on the field to play kickball.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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