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Bethlehem police, fire hold memorial softball game

Published On: Sep 11 2013 10:08:30 PM CDT

Police, firefighters take to diamond in remembrance of 9/11

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

They were swinging for the fences to honor the heroes who died in  the 9-11 attacks.

The annual softball game between the Bethlehem Police and Fire departments is their way to "Never Forget."

Some of the players were just joining their respective departments when the 9-11 attacks took place.

There may be bragging rights on the line but all say the game means a lot more than that.

Police and firefighters on different sides of the diamond trying to get that crucial hit to win the game.

“I think everybody has a good time,” said Bethlehem firefighter Richard Giering.

This game is more than just a good time.

It's a way for these players to remember their heroes.

“A chance to not forget," added Giering. "A chance to remember the people that were lost."

Since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, the Bethlehem Police and Bethlehem Fire Department have played against each other annually, to honor the over three thousand people who died that day.

“Meaningful to me in terms of how it shaped me," said Bethlehem Police Officer Sean Conley. "I got on the department a year after 9-11. Obviously I wanted to do it more just because of that.”

The guys start the game each year with a prayer and moment of silence.

Every players says when the game is over, they can't wait to come out and play under the lights again to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It's still going 12 years later," said Giering. "So I hope that shows that people are still wanting to come out and do it.”

Organizers say they tried to move the game to a more date convenient for families, but all say it just wouldn't feel right if the game wasn't played on September 11th.

This year, The Bethlehem Fire Department won by a score of 18 to 5.