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.
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