What a night! Another Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses Thanksgiving Eve event has ended. Last night a sold-out crowd filled the Enterprise Center with an electric energy of anticipation for the epic bouts between local police and firefighters to take place.
Before any punches were thrown, a ceremony opening the evening took place to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice. As the families of fallen heroes stood together during the Ten Count, attendees were reminded of the focus of the evening. The objective of Guns ‘N Hoses remains the same each year and that is to support the survivors of fallen first responders.
After the opening ceremony, the crowds cheered on either Team Red or Team Blue with each ring of the bell. Team Blue, for the sixth consecutive year, claimed the overall victory at the end of the night.
Every year, we are overwhelmed with the show of support of our mission during Guns ‘N Hoses. The Greater St. Louis area and beyond displays their dedication to the families we assist in staggering bounds. We are incredibly grateful for those that spend every Thanksgiving Eve attending Guns ‘N Hoses. This event would not be possible without the year-round hard work from the Guns ‘N Hoses committee, the first responders that sacrifice time to tirelessly train to fight and the sponsors that generously give. Our deepest gratitude is extended to all.
The proceeds from Guns ‘N Hoses go a very long way to help us take care of the families we serve. This year we have added families of seven fallen heroes who leave behind 16 dependent children altogether. Because of the support from the community we provide assistance to the families by paying off all debt, providing health and dental insurance, reimbursing for out-of-pocket medical expenses, and assisting with tuition and educational costs from day care through university and miscellaneous extraordinary expenses.
We wish everyone a peaceful Thanksgiving and we hope to see everyone on November 25, 2020 for the 34th Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses!