Taylor police-firefighters softball game draws a great crowd for a great cause

An estimated 450 players and spectators were on hand for the annual Taylor police-firefighters softball game Friday night at Heritage Park. The game was a fund-raiser for the family of Taylor police Cpl. Matthew Edwards, who was killed in the line of duty. Donations, proceeds from concessions and souvenir sales, a 50/50 raffle and an auction of autographed sports memorabilia all went to the family fund. “I want to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and paid respects to Matt and his family,” said Cpl. Jeff Shewchuk, one of the game’s organizers. “I can’t even begin to describe the support we’ve received from the community. It’s fantastic. It’s nice to know we can count on our residents’ support when we need it the most.” The game itself wound up in a wild 23-19 win for the police team. And police Lt. Jim Martin won the annual home run derby. “The game was competitive through the last out,” Shewchuk said. “All of the participants had a great time, but the game had a bit more meaning to everybody this year.”