The Washington fire and police departments to duel
Playing basketball will raise donations to Eagle’s Wings
By CLAUD HODGES
The Washington police and fire departments are squaring off Jan. 19 to raise funds for Eagle’s Wings.
Eagle’s Wings is a non-profit Christian ministry which services those who have fallen on hard times in Beaufort County.
The charity basketball game will be held at 7 p.m. in the Washington High School gym. Donations will be accepted.
Police Chief Mick Reed is coach of the police department and Fire Chief Jimmy Davis is coach of the fire department.
He said he would only coach from the sidelines, and not play, because he is “too old and too uncoordinated to play the game.”
Davis said there has always been a long-standing feud between the athletic drives of both departments. In the past, he said, the departments played softball.
He said the fire department’s game plan is simple: to beat the police department.
Reed said every time he sees Davis he tells him to remember that the police officers are “armed” and that the firefighters are not.
However, Davis said the fire department has “a secret weapon” that it will bring into the contest.
Fire Department Engineer Jeremy Wetherington said the fire department is “going to bring the heat to the police department.”
Players for the police department include Rob Jordan, Carl Smith, Issac Barrett, Jerry Davis, Cliff Hales, Matthew Bailey, Jonathon Kuhn, David Williams, Rob Harrell and Marty Paramore.
Players for the fire department include Franz Holscher, Jeremy Wetherington, Bryan Lilley Jr., Doug Bissette, Otis Harrell, Chris Brock, Josh Ingram, Brad Jackson and Mike Stalls.
The master of ceremonies will be Jeff Diamond of Oldies 107.9.
The “Young at Heart” cheerleaders at the game will include Debbie Adams, Washington Mayor Judy M. Jennette, Carol Atwater, Sandy Fenn, Dot Moate, Janet Cox, Janice Rich, Missy Fulmer, JoAnne Ingersoll, Maddy Peak, Susan Askren, Davey Fulmer, Nancy Cale, Jean Williamson, Ann Baker, Libby Garris and Eleanor Lancaster.
Refreshments will be available.
Donations to Eagle’s Wings can be mailed to P.O. Box 426, Washington, N.C. 27889.
Eagle’s Wings can be visited online at eagles-wings.org. The phone number is 975-1138.