For the last two years, the Police Department basketball team has suffered the same fate against the Fire Department team in the annual Guns vs. Hoses benefit game. The cops simply ran out of bullets.

After jumping to a 6-0 lead last year, the police where shut out in the second quarter in a 21-20 loss. So, officers are still looking for their first win in the series which renews for the ninth time on Sunday at MCMS.

The guns and hoses game will be the third game scheduled, and has scheduled tipoff time of 3 p.m. The fun begins at 1 p.m. when the Wabash General Hospital Ambulance Service puts its paramedics up against Borowiak’s IGA. Then, at 2 p.m., it’s an interchurch battle between Community Church of God and Parkview Christian Church.

All proceeds will go towards the Shop with a Firefighter/Cop program. Last year, some 57 children were able to shop for Christmas. This year’s goal is to raise enough money to boost the number of recipients to over 70.

Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for children 10 and under. A full concession stand will be available as well.

Fire Commissioner Rod Rodriguez is again coordinating the event. He indicated some surprises may be in store again this year, particularly in the area of officiating.

Last year, Dustin Vaupel led the cops with nine points. Blake Kensler paced the hoses with seven points.