Backstoppers Fundraiser Takes To The Ice

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AFFTON, MO (KTVI)- There was lots of pushing and shoving Saturday night between St. Louis police officers and firefighters.  The battling was all about raising money for a good cause.  For the 10th year in a row, Guns and Hoses took to the ice as the cops and firemen played hockey.  Joe Bell is a police officer, ‘Any opportunity you have to help others in need you got to up and do it.’

Usually the event raises about $5,000 for Backstoppers, the organization that helps the families of police, fire and EMS workers who die in the line of duty in the St. Louis area.

Joe Nea is a firefighter, “We see it unfortunately every year it has to be used we want to be able to contribute to that.”

Some of the players know firsthand how important Backstoppers has been to widows and their children.

Police officer Matthew Burle said, “I had a classmate of mine that was killed in the line of duty, helped with his wife, lots of bills, another classmate who`s dad was killed in the line of duty it help him with school and his mom as well.”

Some of the guys not only play in the Guns and Hoses hockey game they also take part in the Guns and Hoses boxing tournament in November, like firefighter Steve Lodes.

“I think you need to help however you can I enjoy doing this sort of thing I had fun with the boxing event,” says Lodes.  “It’s something I can do to raise money for Backstoppers.”

The players are dedicated, maybe because of the dedication Backstoppers has given to emergency workers; those workers feel a sense of security.

Nea said, “It’s definitely peace of mind to have that they’re for you Backstoppers and I know probably for my wife too and all the guys on the job their spouses and children to have that extra support.”

As for the final score, St. Louis City Police beat the St. Louis Firefighters 5-4.

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