Guns ‘N Hoses takes place in a time of year that the Hicks family chooses to remember the life of Chief Hicks. “Our family uses Guns ‘N Hoses to honor him because it would have been only four days following Thanksgiving when he had the tragic car wreck that claimed his life. The reason we don’t pick his birthday, or any other time of the year is because holidays are painful enough, but Thanksgiving was the last holiday we were all together before that tragic event.” Reminiscing on memories, taking photos and coming together as a family is what Guns ‘N Hoses means for the Hicks family. “The main tradition is taking our group picture and the time we spend as a family. We know that is what he would want us to do.”
“The mission of BackStoppers is amazing and helps you get a chance to come to terms with the loss. I was able to lean on them for an ear or shoulder to cry on. I want to personally thank BackStoppers for the support and understanding during our time of need, and for inviting us to attend Guns ‘N Hoses which means so much to us every year.”
Remembering the life and sacrifice of Chief Hicks and all fallen first responders in our coverage area by serving the loved ones left behind is an honor. By attending Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses, you are helping to ensure that families of fallen first responders will never be forgotten.