(KTVI)- An annual event that normally takes place the night before Thanksgiving was postponed following the grand jury decision in the Michael brown shooting case. The Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses boxing event will now take place on Friday January 30th. Tickets are still available.
Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Ron Battelle joined us with more.
Guns 'N Hoses will feature 15 three-round bouts of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches between police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel from Missouri and Illinois. Both male and female fighters are scheduled. Prior to the opening bell, Guns 'N Hoses will honor those first responders who lost their lives during the past year. Guns 'N Hoses is presented by the non-profit St. Louis Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Association. Since its inception in 1987, Guns 'N Hoses has raised more than $4.5 million to benefit The BackStoppers.
Ticket prices for the 2014 Guns 'N Hoses event are $35, $25 and $15, and are available by calling Mark O'Brien, St. Louis City Police Department, (314) 691-1377; Ed Fingers, St. Louis County Police Department, (314) 713-6031; or Dan Wunder, O’Fallon, Ill. Police Department, (618) 973-1200. Tickets also are available at all Hair Saloon locations, the Scottrade Center Box Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Founded in 1959, The BackStoppers cover St. Louis City, the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Cape Girardeau, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, Pike, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren and Washington and the Illinois counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. The BackStoppers also cover members of Troop C of the Missouri Highway Patrol and District 11 of the Illinois State Police.
After a loss of life, The BackStoppers provide money for emergency expenses and later arranges to pay bills, mortgages, debts, college costs and other expenses.