A firefighter and police officer go at one another in last year's inaugural Guns & Hoses Charity Boxing event.
(Florence, Ind.) – The friendly rivalry between police and firefighters will come to blows on Saturday at Belterra Casino.
The second annual Guns & Hoses Charity Boxing Event will pit tri-state firefighters against policemen in the ring. Last year’s event raised more than $50,000.
“It’s a big adrenaline rush,” said Brandon Messmore, who will be the coach of the Hoses team.
Southeastern Indiana’s 911 Gives Hope organization is having the event to raise money for the Region 9 Children’s Advocacy Center in Dillsboro. Founded in 2009, the center is a child-friendly place when law enforcement can investigate reports of child abuse from seven southeast Indiana counties.
A portion of the proceeds will also go to Angels for Isaac to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Event organizer Angie Satterfield said after the success of last year’s match, there was a waiting list of police and firefighters from around Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky wanting to get involved.
“This is real serious. It is three, one-minute rounds. It is judged by boxing officials,” she said.
The squad of firefighters will be looking for victory after last year’s 10-6 loss to the Guns.
The 12-match card includes:
Roger Houston (Lawrenceburg Police) vs.Will Putnam (Greendale Fire)
Keith Hartman vs. Bill Lloyd (Rising Sun Fire)
William Watterson (Madison Police) vs. Chris Berkley (Rising Sun Fire)
Other participating Guns are David Ellis, Joe Baker (Madison Police), Dean Fogle, Tony Blodgett (Decatur County Sheriff), Mark True (Indiana State Police), Russell Benkert, Brian Goldfarb, Wayne Davis (Greensburg Police), Joe Livers, Team Captain Jeff Priest, Coach Kevin Rinear.
Participating Hoses include Matt Helton, Justin Zinser, Chris Stallings, Timothy White, Brad Gabbard, Greg Peelman, Craig Simon (Napoleon Fire), Team Captain Chris Stallings, Coach Brandon Messmore.
The event begins at the casino at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $20, $30, and $35 through Ticketmaster.