National heroes set to take on police and fire departments in softball game

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - Fond du Lac is rolling out the red carpet for a group of national heroes. Members of the fire and police departments will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in a double header on Saturday. The game is both competitive and inspiring.

Excitement is building in Fond du Lac as the city prepares to welcome the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team to town.

According to Craig Molitor with the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, "The town has just really come together to celebrate the meaning behind it, it's a pretty significant thing to have these folks who have given so much to our country, but they're coming together to have a fun time."

After a parade through the city in the morning, Marian University's Herr-Baker Field is where the softball action will take place. The Wounded Warriors will play against the fire department first, before challenging the city's police department in a double header.

"We've never beaten them, we've played them several times, this is my first year playing against them. We don't plan on winning. We plan on hopefully not losing, badly, but I'm pretty sure we're not going to win," says Rick Faris with the fire department.

Police officer, Ben Hardgrove, adds, "The Police Department did pull out one win. I remember that, but that was quite a few years ago though. And we're probably the same team, just a lot older so we'll see what we can pull out of the bats and the gloves tomorrow, but should be a good time."

Made up of all military veterans, who are also all amputees, Saturday will be the teams only appearance in Wisconsin this year. And, they intend to show up and play.

"We've got a lot of good athletes, we're very competitive, we want to win, but we also are out there to have fun and inspire people - you can do what you want and life without a limb is limitless," says team member Rob Vande Zande.

While the game is free for anyone to attend, the team will accept donations that help to fund their summer camp for kids who are also amputees.