Protect and serve — and play ball!


First responders face off at Battle of the Badges

By Sam Wildow - swildow@dailycall.com



Sam Wildow | Daily Call Jeremy Koehler of the Piqua Police Department runs for first base at the Battle of the Badges in Mote Park on Saturday morning.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Jeremy Koehler of the Piqua Police Department runs for first base at the Battle of the Badges in Mote Park on Saturday morning.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Sam Palsgrove of Covington Fire and Rescue gets ready to swing at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday morning.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Josh Boehringer of Covington Fire and Rescue gets ready to take a swing.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Josh Boehringer of Covington Fire and Rescue makes his way to first base.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Jason Newton of the Piqua Police Department gets ready to swing.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Jeremy Koehler of the Piqua Police Department is up to bat.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Kerri Adkins of Sidney, playing for the Piqua Police Department, makes it to first base.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Miles Gearing of the Piqua Police Department is up to bat.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Miles Gearing of the Piqua Police Department takes a swing and runs for first base.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Chip Brant of Covington Fire and Rescue is up to bat.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Local police and fire departments and other volunteers pack kits to give to children at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Local police and fire departments and other volunteers pack kits to give to children at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday.


PIQUA — Local police and fire departments faced off against each other at the Battle of the Badges in Mote Park on Saturday morning.

“We want to thank the first responders for all you do everyday,” Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial said.

Reedy, Spencer Peltier, and the Western Ohio Thrivent Community hosted the double-elimination softball tournament involving the Piqua Police Department, Covington Fire and Rescue, Piqua Fire Department, and Lockington Volunteer Fire Department. The departments were brought together for the friendly competition to enjoy a free lunch from Thrivent Financial and also participate in a kit-packing event held next to the games to benefit each department in the tournament. The kits featured items for the departments to give out to children.

“Our vans are full of blankets, teddy bears, crayons, (and more),” Reedy said.

Each department received approximately 55 kits each to give out to families and children that the departments may encounter and end up working with who may be experiencing a tough situation. “It’s free from us to give to them,” Reedy said.

Reedy recognized that it was the generosity of the Thrivent Financial community that allowed them to bring together the local departments as well as help local children feel a little better after a traumatic event.

“We’re here to help the community love those around us,” Reedy said.

The mood was light with the weather sunny and cool at Mote Park during the tournament with the departments enjoying the camaraderie together.

“It’s a fun time for a good charity,” Philip Crusey of the Piqua Police Department said.

The softball tournament started off with the Piqua Police Department playing against members of Covington Fire and Rescue. The Piqua Fire Department also took a turn facing off with the Lockington Volunteer Fire Department. Both Covington Fire and Rescue and the Piqua Fire Department won their games before playing each other.

“We’re in the winner’s bracket, so we’re doing all right,” Captain Chip Brant of Covington Fire and Rescue said. “It’s a blast.”

Covington Fire and Rescue ended up winning the double elimination tournament.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Jeremy Koehler of the Piqua Police Department runs for first base at the Battle of the Badges in Mote Park on Saturday morning.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Piqua-PD-JK-2-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Jeremy Koehler of the Piqua Police Department runs for first base at the Battle of the Badges in Mote Park on Saturday morning.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Sam Palsgrove of Covington Fire and Rescue gets ready to swing at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday morning.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Covington-Fire-Rescue-Sam-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Sam Palsgrove of Covington Fire and Rescue gets ready to swing at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday morning.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Josh Boehringer of Covington Fire and Rescue gets ready to take a swing.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Covington-Fire-Rescue-JB-1-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Josh Boehringer of Covington Fire and Rescue gets ready to take a swing.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Josh Boehringer of Covington Fire and Rescue makes his way to first base.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Covington-Fire-Rescue-JB-2-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Josh Boehringer of Covington Fire and Rescue makes his way to first base.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Jason Newton of the Piqua Police Department gets ready to swing.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Piqua-PD-Jason-1-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Jason Newton of the Piqua Police Department gets ready to swing.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Jeremy Koehler of the Piqua Police Department is up to bat.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Piqua-PD-JK-1-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Jeremy Koehler of the Piqua Police Department is up to bat.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Kerri Adkins of Sidney, playing for the Piqua Police Department, makes it to first base.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Piqua-PD-KA-1-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Kerri Adkins of Sidney, playing for the Piqua Police Department, makes it to first base.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Miles Gearing of the Piqua Police Department is up to bat.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Piqua-PD-MG-1-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Miles Gearing of the Piqua Police Department is up to bat.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Miles Gearing of the Piqua Police Department takes a swing and runs for first base.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Piqua-PD-MG-2-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Miles Gearing of the Piqua Police Department takes a swing and runs for first base.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Chip Brant of Covington Fire and Rescue is up to bat.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Covington-Fire-Rescue-CB-cmyk-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Chip Brant of Covington Fire and Rescue is up to bat.

https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_Covington-Fire-Rescue-cmyk-1.jpg

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Local police and fire departments and other volunteers pack kits to give to children at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_IMG_3169-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Local police and fire departments and other volunteers pack kits to give to children at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Local police and fire departments and other volunteers pack kits to give to children at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_IMG_3168-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Local police and fire departments and other volunteers pack kits to give to children at the Battle of the Badges at Mote Park on Saturday.
First responders face off at Battle of the Badges

By Sam Wildow

swildow@dailycall.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@dailycall.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@dailycall.com or (937) 451-3336