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5:29 AM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Police department is asking for your help. Officers are teaming up with local fire fighters to raise money for wounded warriors.

The first ever Grand Rapids "Charity Softball Game for Heroes." is taking place next week and organizers are encouraging the community to attend.

Members of the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments are teaming up against the VETSports Wounded Warrior Softball Team. VETSports is a non-profit that works to help wounded veterans overcome injuries.

In fact, its team is made up of veterans and active duty soldiers injured since 9/11.

Grand Rapids Police Lt. Mike Maycroft says the event is very timely with the Anniversary of 9/11 and death of Michigan State Trooper, Paul Butterfield occurring this week.

He says the event is guaranteed to entertain, and is a great way to say thank you to everyone who put a uniform to protect us.

"Absolutely, and of all the sacrifices not just public safety but our military as well. We just can never forget. This is one way of helping and letting these soldiers know they are not going to be forgotten and we are there to support them too," said Maycroft.

Mark your calendars. The charity softball game takes place Wednesday, September 18th at Fifth Third Ballpark. Gates open at 5 p-m. Tickets are $10 . Children 12 and under, active duty military and veterans get in free.

Proceeds will benefit Mary Free Bed and VETSports.

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