Charleston area police, firefighters to box for charity

They call it Guns and Hoses.

Local police officers and firefighters will box to raise money for charity.

The three-round fights start at 7:30 p.m. July 9 at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant.

Initial publicity for the event said it would be held this month, but that’s been changed, according to Christian Maurer, a promoter.

Tickets are $35. Money is also being raised through corporate sponsors and a silent auction.

The lineup hasn’t been announced, but six or seven matches are expected.

The event will raise money for the Shriners, a fund for burn victims and for medical expenses for Will Rogers, the Berkeley County deputy who was shot last month outside a gas station.

Guns and Hoses started in Jacksonville, Fla., a few years ago and has grown to draw thousands of spectators, Maurer said. This is the first year in Charleston.

Omar Shrine Temple is on Patriots Point Boulvard, the road near the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that heads toward the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

More information is available on the website gunsandhoses.us. The event has a Facebook page called Guns and Hoses Charity Fight.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.