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Police and fire department play charity basketball game

LAWTON,Okla._The Lawton Police Department and the Lawton Fire Department hit the hardwood for a charity basketball game Sunday.

The 3rd annual Police vs. Fire basketball game raised money for "Shop with a Cop" and the Robert G. Tahbonemah scholarship. Dozens turned out to support their local emergency crews. Police officers and firefighters say this basketball game is a way for them to interact with the community outside of emergency situations.

For both teams, fast footwork and playing like a team were the name of the game other than winning of course.

"We do have a pretty chance of winning again this year, but the cops are tough opponents. I will give them that," said Firefighter James Carroll, Lawton Fire Department.

"Win! That's the game plan win," said Jenkins, Lawton Police Department.

Carroll says playing basketball with his fellow firemen is similar to what he does every day.

"Just like with the job this sport also involves team work and it's fun just to hang out with the guys and have fun," said Carroll.

Police officer Timothy Jenkins has participated every year. He says it is a great opportunity for the community to see that police officers are just like everyone else.

"People all the time see us in a negative light so it's always good to give them a chance to see us in a good light that way they can say we are humans too. We do the same thing they do. We want to have fun just like they do," said Jenkins.

The money raised from today will go to both departments largest nonprofit contributions. "Shop with a Cop" is a shopping spree where members of the Fraternal Order of Police take deserving local kids to the store to buy them Christmas presents.

"I did it mainly to support the organization and to support the charity that we are raising money for,” said Carroll.

The scholarship was named after Tahbonemah since he lost his battle with cancer in 2010. The scholarship is given in his memory every year to a local high school student.

"I think it's important that the citizens of Lawton see us participating in things that are not fire or EMS related. We try to give back as much as possible," said Carroll

The Lawton Fire Department beat police, 49-35.

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