Fire and ice usually don’t mix, but at the Guns ‘N Hoses broomball tournament at Garner’s Polar Ice House, Garner’s firefighters managed to get by.
The team from Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue beat Garner Police to win the Guns ‘N Hoses broomball tournament that raised about $14,000 for athletics and activities programming for young students.
The money will fund programming for the Garner Police Athletics and Activities League (PAAL), which provides sporting opportunities among other positive outlets for students who need them.
“It was just a fantastic day,” said Garner Fire’s Bud Davenport, who helped coordinate efforts for the event. “Thanks to all our sponsors and everyone that came out.”
Employees of East Garner Middle School also entered a team into the broomball tournament. The game consists of players trying to get a ball into a standard hockey net using sticks with plastic ends shaped something like a broom. They play on foot on the ice.
Police met Fire in the title game, but the defending champion Police found themselves down 2-0. The boys in blue put in a late goal to cut the deficit to 2-1. But true to form, Garner Fire managed to extinguish the threat and hold on for the victory.
Currently, PAAL has programs at both North Garner and East Garner middle schools, Vandora Springs and Timber Drive elementary schools, the police’s cadet program and a sixth called Avery Street that pulls from multiple schools. PAAL is adding a male program to the already existent female program at North Garner.