Provo Police and Firefighters clashed on the gridiron for the fourth annual Guns vs. Hoses charity football game on Saturday, Oct. 31.
More than 300 local residents sat on the sidelines of Fox Field in Provo on a beautiful Fall afternoon to enjoy a game of football and support their local civil servants.
The flag football game featured 50 of Provo’s finest as well as former BYU great, Harvey Unga, who represented the Provo Police Department on the field and praised both departments after the game.
“It was good to be out here and play with all these professional men and thank them for all that they do for us,” Unga said.
The Police Department started the game jumping to an early 12-0 lead, but the Fire Department came right back behind interceptions and a touchdown run by quarterback Weston Sampson to lead 13-12 going into halftime.
The halftime entertainment included a demonstration by a Police Dog and a impromptu flyover by a Provo Hospital Helicopter.
Also included at halftime was the announcing of the raffle winners of prizes donated by members of the departments. These prizes included a gun safe, a homemade wooden rocking airplane, a signed BYU football and various gift certificates to local restaurants.
The approximate $2500 raised will be split between the two departments and each will contribute to Sub for Santa, a charity which provides Christmas gifts for financially struggling families.
The game continued with a scoreless third quarter. The police retook the lead early in the fourth after a touchdown pass from Police quarterback J.B. Kent to former Utah Sate Running Back and current Provo Police Officer Dan Smith.
The Firefighters then drove down the field and scored the game winning touchdown with a minute left to put the Police Department away 19-18.
The Fire Department now owns a 3-1 series lead. Both teams praised each other on a great game after the final whistle.
Janna-Lee Haigh, the special operations coordinator, puts a lot of effort into the event to make sure everything runs smoothly and that everyone has a good time.
“We had a great turnout to the trunk or treat this morning and it is great to see everyone come out and support the local police and fire departments,” Haigh said.