SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah firefighters defeated a team of Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers today in a basketball game benefitting the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
The game was played before more than 100 spectators at the Windsor Forest Center on Briarcliff Circle.
The game started slowly for the firefighters who were trying to create some team chemistry after having played together only a few times prior to the game, according to the fire department.
Early in the game, the police officers jumped out to lead. The SCMPD team led 19 – 16 at the end of the first half of play.
The second half of the game belonged to the firefighters. The SFES team scored quickly to open the second half. Under the direction of Captain Jeffrey Croslen, the team never looked back. The firefighters continued to add to their lead throughout the second half and had an 11 point lead when the final buzzer sounded.
SFES won the game with a score of 42 – 31.
The firefighters took possession of the winner's trophy which previously belonged to the police officers after they won the inaugural game between the two public safety agencies last year.
More than $400 was raised for the United Way of the Coastal Empire which supports community programs and services in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty Counties.
Members of the Savannah Fire & Emergency Services team included:
Advanced Firefighter Gregory Capers
Captain Jeffrey Croslen (player/coach)
Advanced Firefighter Jared Crumpler
Firefighter Jonathan Gerbsch
Training Chief Edward Harris
Firefighter Mark Hummeldorf
Advanced Firefighter Darrel Stoney
Captain Marvin Thomas