ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Fire dept. really turned up the heat this year to take back home the coveted trophy in the annual “Battle of the Badges” Battalion Chief Johnny Lynn Softball Game on Saturday morning played at Roselle Catholic High School.

The event now in its 5th year is a tribute to Battalion Chief John Lynn a longtime firefighter and a member of Roselle FMBA Local 255, who was laid to rest on May 23, 2014. The Lynn family was at the game and the first pitch of the game was by Lynn’s wife Anna Mae.

This year Councilman Brandon Bernier served as guest Umpire to keep the two teams in check. 

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Yes, after a defeat last year, the Roselle Fire Dept. came with fire in their eyes ready to take their trophy back home to the firehouse. 

However, the Roselle Police were not going to have it, showing up armed with bats, gloves, and a little attitude, they were ready to defend and keep that trophy from ever going back to those guys. 

In the first inning, the police came out swinging and took the lead showing they were ready to play, but It didn’t last very long as the firemen, along with Lynn’s daughter Deanne Lynn, “turned up the heat” and there was no stopping them.

Both departments were on the field giving it their all in what is the most fun you will ever see at a ball game. Between the smack talk, and antics between these two teams, it gave the fans who came out to watch, a really great game.

Retired Roselle Fire Chief Paul Mucha was in there to cheer his guys on from the stands.  Mayor Dansereau and Councilwoman Denise Wilkerson were also in the stands showing support for both teams. 

At the end, when the smoke…….umm,  I mean dust settled, the bragging rights went to the Roselle Firemen with a score of 21 - 7.

So what’s up for these two teams now? Check back in the fall for FOOTBALL!!! 

Highlights from the game can be viewed below.

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