First responders in the New River Valley brought the game Battleship to life at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center for a good cause.
It’s not often you’ll find police officers, firefighters and EMTs arriving on scene in canoes. But while there was no emergency at the aquatic center Friday night, the first responders were certainly showing a sense of urgency.
“It’s just making sure other teams don’t win,” said Nathan Brewbaker, one of the participants from the Christiansburg Fire Department. “So we’re going for certain teams first to sink them, and then we’ll see what we can do after that.”
Police, fire and rescue crews from Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Montgomery County faced off in the pool, trying to sink each other’s boats in a game of Battleship. It was competition that certainly wasn’t taken lightly.
“There has been much, much trash-talking amongst all the first responders,” said Hank Partin, Montgomery County Sheriff. “And everybody’s prepared in their own way.”
“First responders are all about bragging rights, so anytime we can have bragging rights and raise some money, we’re all about it,” Brewbaker said.
Officials with the Christiansburg Aquatic Center wanted to host a Battleship competition, according to director Terry Caldwell, and first responders seemed like the perfect fit. The agency that wins the competition earns all of the proceeds from the event to donate to a charity of their choice.
“The first responders keep us safe right here in our community and so often don’t get recognized,” Caldwell said. “So that was our main goal.”
“We always work together on scenes and emergencies,” Brewbaker said. “We rarely get a chance to come together if we’re not training. So it’s to give us a chance to come together, have some fun, get to know each other a little bit better.”
The winning team was the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The event raised more than $900, Caldwell said, and all of those proceeds are going to a local family in need.