FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (7News) — Community comes together for police softball game between Prince William and Fairfax counties
The Prince William County Police Department defeated the Fairfax County Police Department during a We Back Blue-hosted softball game that had more importance than who won and lost.
“This is a great way to just show that police officers can have fun and that police officers can have a softball game and win or lose, shake hands, take pictures together and have a good time,” said Katy Defoe with the Fairfax County Police Department
“The men and women in law enforcement standing to either side of me — these folks, I get a front row seat to watching these folks risk their lives every single day for our community. Thank you guys. God bless you,” said Prince William County Police Chief Peter Newsham.
“This is just a great opportunity to bring the community together with our law enforcement folks, kind of humanize the badge and allow them to have fun on a beautiful Sunday,” said We Back Blue Director of Government Affairs Tim Parrish.
Family friends and community members showed up to the baseball field at George Mason University to watch the game.
“It’s just great to have these fans come out and support us,” said Fairfax County Detective Bryan Huntley. “I think the thing that people don’t realize is we have a shortage. Everywhere there’s a shortage, but it’s a lot harder for us when we have a hard time covering the street and having officers out there, so it’s a morale kind of thing and we’re kind of boosting that up and this helps with that.”
His wife and kids were there to support him.
“We’re so proud of him for the work that he does for the community and for the pride that he has within it,” Ashley Huntley said. “It brings enthusiasm and pride for us too and we just love being a part of the mission.”
“It’s been a lot of hard times for people and communities and these police officers give it their all. They really do,” said Fairfax City Councilman Sang Yi.