Make-A-Wish benefits from Taylor police-firefighter softball game

Members of the Taylor Police Department and Taylor Firefighters Local 1252 will take the field in a softball game benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The competition will begin with a home run derby at 6 p.m. followed by a nine-inning game at 7:30 p.m. August 10 at Rotary Park, located behind the Michigan State Police Post at 12111 Telegraph Road.

Tickets, which are only $5 per person, are on sale now at the Taylor Police Department any time and at the Midtown Taylor Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both are located on Goddard Road east of Telegraph Road.

“We’re very proud to be sponsoring and participating in a charity softball event like this,” said Fire Medic Joseph Ajlouny. “It should be a great competitive game between two competitive departments, But no matter who wins the game, the true winners will be the children this money benefits.”

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation was an obvious first pick because of their great reputation for making wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions,” added police Cpl. Jeff Shewchuk.

Concession sales at the park will begin at 4 p.m.

Taylor Police officers and firefighters have an excellent working relationship, Ajlouny and Shewchuk said, but are fierce rivals in the sporting arena. They have already squared off in ice hockey and indoor soccer games to raise money for charity.

As for the softball game, “We’re not too worried about losing to the Fire Department,” Shewchuk said. “We’ve seen them swing axes."

“We’re not concerned about the police making contact with the ball,” Ajlouny countered. “We’ve seen them at target practice.”

Taylor police Cpl. Jeff Shewchuk and Fire Medic Joseph Ajlouny are ready to square off in a softball game to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.