Greenfield firefighters, police battle it out in Guns ’n’ Hoses game

Laura Kostenblatt bats for the Greenfield Fire Department. 

Laura Kostenblatt bats for the Greenfield Fire Department.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Greenfield’s police and fire departments competed in the  town’s second Guns ’n’ Hoses game at Oak Park on July 4. The police won for the second year in a row by a final score of 7-6.

Greenfield’s police and fire departments competed in the  town’s second Guns ’n’ Hoses game at Oak Park on July 4. The police won for the second year in a row by a final score of 7-6. STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS 

Members of the Greenfield Police Department and supporters  in the dugout. 

Members of the Greenfield Police Department and supporters  in the dugout.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Umpire Bob Marshall, left, shakes hands with Chris Martin, right, after the game.

Umpire Bob Marshall, left, shakes hands with Chris Martin, right, after the game. STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Oak Park Committee volunteers Dave Thimmel, left, and Marcus Dube work the grill at Oak Park during Greenfield’s July 4 festivities.

Oak Park Committee volunteers Dave Thimmel, left, and Marcus Dube work the grill at Oak Park during Greenfield’s July 4 festivities. STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

The Greenfield PD team comes in from the field. From left are Mike Eneguess, John Langley, Sgt. Frank Shea, Scott Tracy and Police Chief Brian Giammarino. 

The Greenfield PD team comes in from the field. From left are Mike Eneguess, John Langley, Sgt. Frank Shea, Scott Tracy and Police Chief Brian Giammarino.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

 Greenfield residents turned out in force to watch the town’s second Guns ’n’ Hoses game, which was a fundraiser for the Greenfield Fire Association. 

 Greenfield residents turned out in force to watch the town’s second Guns ’n’ Hoses game, which was a fundraiser for the Greenfield Fire Association.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Young Greenfield residents enjoy the pool and slip ’n’ slide at Oak Park on July 4. 

Young Greenfield residents enjoy the pool and slip ’n’ slide at Oak Park on July 4.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Greenfield Select Board member and firefighter Mike Borden, who announced the game, looks over the field from the Fire Department dugout. 

Greenfield Select Board member and firefighter Mike Borden, who announced the game, looks over the field from the Fire Department dugout.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Frank Shea, Chris Martin, Mike Eneguess and Chief Brian Giamarrino in the Police Department team dugout. 

Frank Shea, Chris Martin, Mike Eneguess and Chief Brian Giamarrino in the Police Department team dugout.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Curtis Hamilton in the Fire Department team dugout. 

Curtis Hamilton in the Fire Department team dugout.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Sgt. Frank Shea gets a base hit. 

Sgt. Frank Shea gets a base hit.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

Members of the Fire Department team survey the action. 

Members of the Fire Department team survey the action.  STAFF PHOTO BY JESSECA TIMMONS

By JESSECA TIMMONS

Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Published: 07-08-2024 8:33 AM

Modified: 07-09-2024 9:04 AM


The Greenfield fire and police departments brought their best game to the Guns ’n’ Hoses rematch July 4 at Oak Park, with the police pulling out a 7-6 victory. 

The 2023 Guns ’n’ Hoses game, played on Aug. 19, was a disheartening loss for the Fire Department. Firefighter Mike Borden, who announced Thursday’s game, got a few laughs when he said the score of the game was 8-2 for the police. 

“No one believes that!” someone yelled from the crowd. 

The town decided to move the game to July 4 to help bring the crowds to Oak Park during Greenfield’s July 4 celebration, which was organized jointly by the Town of Greenfield, the Greenfield Recreation Department, the Oak Park Committee, the Greenfield Historical Society, Stephenson Library and the Friends of the Greenfield Community Meetinghouse.

A groups of Greenfield residents who call themselves the “Ungrateful Colonists” – Dave Thimmel, Marcus Dube, Joe Longg and Jarvis Adams Jr. – gathered donations and organized and sponsored a fireworks show in the field next to the Greenfield Inn as the finale of the July 4 celebrations. 

“It was a great idea to have the game today while all the other stuff was going on at Oak Park, and to see the whole community come and support these departments,” said Thimmel. “It was great to have the kids’ activities at the same time.” 

Greenfield Fire Association volunteers ran a dunk tank in the children’s area as a Fire Department fundraiser, and the Oak Park Committee sold hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages. 

Playing for the Greenfield Fire Department were firefighters and volunteers Andrej Kokal, who coached the team; Erik Kokal; Kris Kokal; Mike Borden, who announced the game; Melissa Ross; Laura Kostenblatt; Jake McTauge; Curtis Hamilton; Chaz Babb; Tom Cove; Jeremy Gagnon; Sam Tarplin; Aiden Leonard; Nate Iverson; Rob Wachenfeld; and Scott Martin.  

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Playing for the Greenfield  Police Department were Chief Brian Giammarino, Sgt. Frank Shea, Mike Eneguess, Chris Martin of the Rindge PD, Ethan Christiansen of Antrim PD, Tom Houghton of New Hampshire Fish and Game, Aaron Costello of Francestown PD, John Langley from the Strafford Country Sheriff’s Department and retired State Trooper Scott Tracy.

A.J. Setaro was base coach, Bob Marshall the umpire and Mike Marschok the field base coach. 

The game started with Kostenblatt batting against Tracy. By the top of the fourth, the police were ahead 4-1. After a base hit, Tracy came close to knocking down the first baseman, but crisis was averted. Langley increased the police’s lead with a home run.

The action ramped up in the sixth inning, when the firefighters rallied to make the score 7-6.

In the end, however, the police ended up the winners for the second year running. 

“We just love doing this,” said Shea. “It was awesome.”