WWMT Newschannel 3 - Search Results
First responders from Portage and Kalamazoo face off for a good cause
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Local first responders will lace up their skates Saturday night for a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts.
The third annual Battle of the Badges pits the Portage and Kalamazoo public safety departments against each other in an intense, and sometimes humorous, hockey game.
“This is the big match,” says firefighter Jeremy Vermeer of Portage. “The first year, Portage fire and police came back from 0-2 to win in a shoot-out, a big opening game. Then last year, we felt bad for Kalamazoo police so we let them take home the trophy. So this is where it all comes down to.”
And you can bet the game just as much fun for the people watching.
“There are a lot of new skaters out there and there’s a lot of buffoonery that goes on so if you want to see some uncoordinated crashes on the board that are self-inflicted, this is the hockey game to go to,” jokes Dan Siwula, a KDPS officer.
Most importantly, proceeds benefit the Cuff and Ladder Fund, a Kalamazoo County non-profit.
“That organization raises money to help out local firemen, EMS and police officers in their time of need,” says Vermeer.
Siwula adds, “In Kalamazoo County, as much as we joke about the rivalries that take place, we’re all a big family whether you’re police, fire or EMS. So when tragedy happens to someone in our family in Kalamazoo County, we like to do what we can do help them whenever possible.”
The hockey game begins at 6pm at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo. There are many other activities for families at the Battle of the Badges, including free skate rental following the game, games for the kids, fire truck tours and CPR training.
Doors open at 5 pm. Tickets are available online or at the door.
For more information, check out the Cuff and Ladder Fund website: http://www.cuffandladder.org/