2012-09-01 / Sports

Firefighters Continue Winning Streak in 14-13 ‘Guns and Hoses’ Game


The Mackinac Island Police (left) and Fire Departments competed in the 11th annual Guns and Hoses softball game in memory of Mark Gallagher. Police team members in blue shirts are (back row, from left) Randy Lucy, Mike Gamble, Justin Davenport, Jimmie Fisher, Dominic Redman, Scott McManus, and John Gale; (front row) Tyling Mokanyk, Kaela McManus, Matt Meisel, Ken Hardy, and Chief Jim Marks. On the right, players for the fire department in pink shirts are (back row) Jason St. Onge, Travis Vartanian, Ron Langworthy, Tyler McLean, Craig Bunker, Fuller Cowell, and Steve Zacharias; (front row) Jamie Bynoe, Larry Rickley, Jason Kladiva, and Katie Novakoski. John Hulett, and Clay Fuller (front, kneeling) were the referees. (Photograph by Mary Patay) The Mackinac Island Police (left) and Fire Departments competed in the 11th annual Guns and Hoses softball game in memory of Mark Gallagher. Police team members in blue shirts are (back row, from left) Randy Lucy, Mike Gamble, Justin Davenport, Jimmie Fisher, Dominic Redman, Scott McManus, and John Gale; (front row) Tyling Mokanyk, Kaela McManus, Matt Meisel, Ken Hardy, and Chief Jim Marks. On the right, players for the fire department in pink shirts are (back row) Jason St. Onge, Travis Vartanian, Ron Langworthy, Tyler McLean, Craig Bunker, Fuller Cowell, and Steve Zacharias; (front row) Jamie Bynoe, Larry Rickley, Jason Kladiva, and Katie Novakoski. John Hulett, and Clay Fuller (front, kneeling) were the referees. (Photograph by Mary Patay) Dozens of families sat on blankets and folding chairs at Great Turtle Park for the 11th annual Guns and Hoses softball game Sunday, August 12. The Mackinac Island Fire Department beat the Police Department in a close softball game that ended with an extra 10th inning, finishing 14-13.


Larry Rickley batting for the Mackinac Island Fire Department during the 11th annual “Guns N Hoses” softball game between the Mackinac Island police and fire departments at Great Turtle Park Sunday, August 12. Larry Rickley batting for the Mackinac Island Fire Department during the 11th annual “Guns N Hoses” softball game between the Mackinac Island police and fire departments at Great Turtle Park Sunday, August 12. “We wore pink shirts that read reMARKable on the back in honor of cancer research for Mark,” said Jason St. Onge. “It was our secret weapon, in the end, to win.”

Guns and Hoses is an annual fundraiser that honors Mackinac Island resident Mark Gallagher, who had dreams of serving as a law enforcement officer before passing away in 2001 to cancer. The Gallagher Scholarship Fund was created at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation to be awarded each year to one local student for higher education, with priority given to a student studying law enforcement or criminal justice.

More than $3,000 was raised at this year’s softball game through raffles and silent auction. Toy helmets were also sold for $5 each for children to show their support for their team. Silent auction items were donated, including gift certificates, games, and clothing.

“We had excellent weather this year, much better than last, and it made for a great turn- out,” said Robin Dorman, executive director at Mackinac Island Community Foundation. “I believe that everyone had a great time and enjoyed the event that supports the memory of Mark Gallagher and the scholarship in his name.”

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