On a day when thoughts often turn to the life-saving work of emergency first responders, it has become an annual tradition for Bethlehem police and firefighters to share a few hours of fun and camaraderie on a softball field.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the city police and fire departments held their annual memorial picnic and softball game at in South Bethlehem.
And while there are bragging rights – and a trophy – on the line between the city’s two uniformed departments, the larger point is for cops, firefighters and their families to enjoy a fun day out together, said Dave Saltzer, president of Bethlehem Firefighters Local 735.
The annual event began in 2002.
On the strength of slick infield defense and timely hitting, the won 7-3, the BFD’s seventh consecutive victory in the annual series. The firefighters lead the annual series with the 8 games to 3.