Ill. first responders compete to raise money for Salvation Army

The goal of this year's two-day event is to raise $25,000, an amount that is set to be matched by a private donor


Gurneys, guns or hoses? Macon County and Decatur first responders face off for a good cause

By Claire Hettinger
Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill.

DECATUR — Firefighters, police officers and other first responders typically work together to solve a problem. But for the eighth year in a row, one local event is pitting them against each other to see who can make the most change.

The annual Gurneys, Guns & Hoses bell-ringing competition to benefit The Salvation Army started Friday at Walmart North, Walmart East and Sam's Club. The goal of this year's two-day event is to raise $25,000, an amount that is set to be matched by a private donor. Five groups take part: Macon County fire departments, the Decatur Fire Department, Decatur Police Department, Macon County Sheriff's Office and Decatur Ambulance Service.

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