The two chiefs of the City of Newberry are prepared to go head to head Tuesday night as they raise money for charity.
Newberry Fire Chief Keith Minick and Police Chief Jackie Swindler have declared a friendly war of words about which one can raise more money for their charities.
To raise the funds the two will be pitching horseshoes against anyone willing to pay $1 for the challenge. If the member of the public beats the chief they will win a prize. At the end of the evening the two chiefs will pitch against each other as a part of Tuesday’s National Night Out.
During the night the two men will also be collecting money for charity and which everyone gets the biggest pot will also get the money raised by the other chief.
Minick will be pitching and collecting funds for Bridges of Augusta. The group helps fire victims and does fire education throughout the Upstate.
The nonprofit group has been to Newberry to speak and with a fire demonstration at Newberry College and works with the fire service all over the state.
Minick said while support is offered to burn victims and their families, needs for those burned out are also provided in addition to the education piece.
Swindler on the other hand is working for what he calls the greatest local ministry there is and if he wins the pot the funds will go to Young Life.
He adds over the past 20 years numerous young people have been reached through the organization on Main Street, that takes Christian beliefs and God to them.
Swindler says the group enhances the lives of many teens and is a great place for them to go.
As the two chiefs run into each other on Main Street they get into a friendly contest about the challenge.
But both says they hope lots of people will turn out for the event and support each of them but most support the National Night Out cause.
Also they add that donations will be accepted in advance of Tuesday’s horseshoe contest.