JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – First responders hit the ice Saturday night before the Jacksonville Icemen game.
Members of the local police and fire departments battled it out to raise money for charity in the annual Guns and Hoses hockey game, facing off at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena.
It's a friendly rivalry between police and firefighters, but make no mistake: It's still a rivalry.
The Gonzalez family came out to support the Hoses, but there was also a lot of support for the Guns.
“It was a fun event -- very interesting,” said Priscilla Gonzalez, who said she was rooting for the firefighters. “You know, (there was) lots of support for both.”
There was a lot of anticipation, as well.
“We've been waiting to play this game for a year,” said Daniel Perrotti, the captain of the “Guns” team. “It's very special for both teams to be involved in this.”
This is the sixth year for this game, which benefits Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the Fraternal Order of Police charities.