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Fire and police set for Battle of the Badges this Saturday at Sungod

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson drops the puck for Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford and Delta Fire Chief Dan Copeland. - Contributed
Delta Mayor Lois Jackson drops the puck for Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford and Delta Fire Chief Dan Copeland.
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Members of the Delta fire and police departments are set to face-off this Saturday in the first ever Battle of the Badges at Sungod Arena.

What started as an idea for a friendly hockey game between Delta Police Department and Delta Fire Department’s hockey teams has turned into a much larger event bringing together the teams and the community they serve.

Members of the Delta Fire Department and Delta Police Department usually skate together as one team under the Delta Bulls name, but for this one night they will be facing off against each  for the ultimate bragging rights, says organizer Const. Mo Parry, captain of the Delta Police team.

"We then thought we could open the game to the public and try and raise a little bit of money for charity," said Parry. "When some of our local businesses heard about the idea and asked to help out, it really just took off.”

One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the game will be going to the Delta Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, Special Olympics, and Cops for Cancer.

The teams are getting some expert help, with Canucks announcer and former CKNW sportscaster John Ashbridge emceeing the event.

Former NHLer (Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders)  and now Delta Firefighter Gary Nylund will be on the bench coaching his coworkers on the Delta Fire team.

Grant Armstrong, Director of Player Personnel for the Victoria Royals WHL team will be assisting the Delta Police team.

After the final whistle, the Chief of the losing team will have to suffer the indignity of presenting the trophy to the winners, and at a later date serving them a catered lunch while wearing the winning team’s jersey.

With the assistance of donations from local companies Westshore Terminals, Westcoast Instant Lawns, Delta Pacific Benefit Brokers, and MK Delta Lands the organizing team has been able to purchase blocks of tickets to the game to give out to Grade 4, 5, and 6 students from Delta Schools, North and South Delta Minor Hockey Associations, and the Boys & Girls Clubs operating in North and South Delta.

There will be a sponsored photo booth at the game, allowing spectators to have their photos taken trying on police and fire gear, as well as other interactive police and fire booths. Delta Police K9 units and trauma dog “Caber” will be on scene for meet-and-greets, and White Spot will be bringing their mobile kitchen to cook up burgers by donation.

In between periods, each department will be doing an interactive demonstration.

Sponsors have also donated prizes and giveaways which will be handed out at the game, including free T-shirts and embroidered rally towels for the children in attendance.

• Battle of the Badges takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Sungod Arena. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 kids (two to 13 years). For more information, visit deltapolice.ca

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