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Nashua PAL fundraiser will feature softball game between police, firefighters

NASHUA – Nashua police officers and firefighters will clash once again – this time on the baseball diamond Saturday.

The Nashua Police Athletic League will host a softball game between two squads made up of members of police and fire departments at 5 p.m. at Holman Stadium before the Nashua Silver Knights’ 7 p.m. game against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. ...

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NASHUA – Nashua police officers and firefighters will clash once again – this time on the baseball diamond Saturday.

The Nashua Police Athletic League will host a softball game between two squads made up of members of police and fire departments at 5 p.m. at Holman Stadium before the Nashua Silver Knights’ 7 p.m. game against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs.

The game is part of a series of what will be annual events that PAL officer Phil Belmont and other police and PAL officers have planned to raise the organization’s profile in the city. It comes on the heels of the Winter Classic hockey game at Conway Ice Arena in December and a basketball game in February – all between the city’s police and fire department members.

The theme Saturday, which is Flag Day, will be World War II veteran appreciation and several veterans from the war will attend, including Bob Stevens, a Navy veteran, who hosts “The Veteran’s Forum” on local access television in Nashua, Bedford, Derry, Londonderry and Manchester, police said.

The event is sponsored by the Catholic War Veterans and will be a fundraiser for PAL. Tickets are available for pre-sale at $5 apiece, which will all go to PAL, or at the gate, of which PAL will keep $1.

The first 100 kids at the game will get a free replica baseball jersey, and Catholic War Veterans members will give away miniature American flags and bracelets.

PAL’s goal is to generate positive interactions between city youths and police, the hope being those kids will grow up to be adults who trust police and who believe they are there to help.

More than 1,300 kids participate on at least one of the sports teams PAL runs, including football, cheerleading, boxing and street hockey. That number is closer to 2,000 when including the kids who participate on the organization’s cross-country team or attend the Youth Safe Haven after-school program at 52 Ash St.

For more information, visit PAL’s website at
nashuapal.com.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).