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Marion County First-Responders Participate In Annual Softball Tournament

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FAIRMONT -

Some of Marion County's first responders came together on Sunday for a non-emergency reason.

The third annual First-Responders of Marion County Softball Tournament allows law enforcement, fire departments, and the rescue squad to take a break from their everyday lives and have fun.

It was held at Windmill Park in Fairmont.

Organizers said the tournament started with only three teams in 2011. Now it has six and they believe it will continue to grow.

Teams included the Fairmont Police Department, Fairmont Fire Department, Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Novellus Fire Brigade, and the National Guard of Marion County.

It is a double elimination tournament and three games were played at one time.

Teams that came in first and second place received a trophy and some bragging rights.

The Most Valuable Player was also given a trophy at the end of the day.

Organizers believe if first-responders get to know each other more on a personal level, they can work better together in emergency situations.

"It just gets them in a different environment so they are not out at a car wreck or something traumatic," said Bill Bickerstaff, Organizer. "It just gives them a different environment to see each other and get to know each other. I think it will help them react and act more professional and better on the scenes."

All proceeds from the event go toward a different charity every year.

For the second year in a row, organizers have chosen the Wounded Warrior Project.