Battle of the Badges set for Friday

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – This is where the unspoken rivalry between police officer and fire fighter... Is spoken, the Battle of the Badges.

"We'll see whose standing with their arms raised at the end," said Cpl. Briana Rivera with the Shreveport Police Department.

The main sponsor of this year's Battle of the Badges, is All Star Automotive in Bossier City.

"My father was a police officer for 20 years, so it is personal ," said Kathleen Williams, the owner of All Star Automotive.

She told organizers that she wanted some of the proceeds to go to Sgt. Tim Prunty's family, a Shreveport police officer who was recently shot and killed in the line of duty.

"She contacted those individuals and asked them and they said definitely, no problem," said Rivera.

Like a professional fight, the weigh- in is the show before the show, Where fighters eyeball each other and strike the fighting pose.

It builds the excitement and anticipation that's supposed to go along with a grudge match.   

Some fighters weigh in at more than 200 lbs, some just a little more than 100lbs.

But every ounce is ready to come out fighting Friday night.

"It's something I knew meant something to the community and Sgt. Prunty was a friend to very many people and it was just a tragedy what happened," said Williams.

There's no professional courtesy here, no punches have been pulled before, and they certainly won't start now.

"I enjoy it, like I said I'm not saying I'm tough, but I'm willing to take a few shots for somebody to get some help," said Chip Stevens, an arson investigator with the Louisiana Fire Marshall's Office.

"And this is just something we can take... Something we were going to do anyway and put a special cause behind it," said Rivera.

The fights will take place Friday night at the Municipal Auditorium, starting at 8 O' clock.

Upper level seats cost  $10, lower level cost $20.

You can purchase tickets by calling Kim Addison at 318-402-6644.

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