CHARLESTON – Law enforcement agencies from around the state of West Virginia participated in the third annual Heroes and Handcuffs Baseball Game this past Saturday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.
The game’s purpose was in support of children with special needs and to bring awareness to the struggles they endure.
Among those who took part in the game and festivities were five Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) deputies. They included Standing Cpl. Josh Endicott, Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith, Sheriff James Smith, Sgt. James Muncy and Cpl. Erwin “Booie” Williams.
The event was organized by the West Virginia Auxiliary of Wives Behind the Badge and WVSP Half Units. They stated they “were proud and honored to present the event.”
“The officers involved in the game all have a spectacular love for children and volunteered their time to show these kids a great day that they will never forget,” the organization stated.
The wife of one MCSD, Amy Muncy of the Wives Behind the Badge, said she would like to plan a similar event for local children in this area. If anyone is interested in helping with this kind of event, they can contact the MCSD at 304-235-0300.
All proceeds from the ticket and concession sales from the Charleston event will be donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The group printed a nice keepsake program with each child’s photo, hometown and profile.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office held a K9 demonstration before the game.
There were different games, one for 13 years old and under and the other for those 13 and older. Many kids from several towns shared in the fun.
The game was followed by a picnic and an awards ceremony.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)