Basketball fundraiser to help injured pastor

A fundraiser for an injured Coupeville pastor and his family will pit police against firefighters in a battle for supremacy on the basketball court.

“We’re bringing the big guns to the game,” laughed Island County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Garden. “I think it’s going to be an all-out war, but I think the cops will come out on top!”

Jerry Helm, a Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighter and one of the event organizers, said the rivalry between the two groups is all in fun.

The event, dubbed Guns vs. Hoses, is a fundraiser for Coupeville Living Hope Foursquare Church Pastor Garrett Arnold and his family, who live in Coupeville.

Arnold was severely injured in an August accident in which he fell from an embankment and was paralyzed from the chest down.

Helm said 100 percent of the proceeds of the game will go to the Arnold family. The event begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and will be held in the Coupeville High School gym.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Children under 10 are admitted at no charge.

A $5 discount is given with any canned food donation to the Gifts from the Heart food bank.


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