It was a cross-river rivalry as the Rock Island Police and Fire Departments took on their counter parts in Davenport at the annual Battle of Badges softball game.
Police officers and firefighters from both sides of the river say even though there’s some friendly competition, win or lose the game is all for a good cause.
Rock Island firefighter, Blake Humphrey said, “It just started as bragging rights, and we started to get some fans turning out. So, we thought we could do something positive with this.”
The game raises money for a local charity. This year that charity was Gigi’s Playhouse in the Quad Cities. The organization helps people with down syndrome and their families.
The charity game is also a way for the fire and police departments to build better relationships with the community.
Davenport Firefigher, Chris Logan said, “When they usually see us it’s on their worst day, calling 911 and having us come to their house or where ever, you know, they aren’t doing great. So to have them here in the stands to watch a nice baseball game on an Iowa summer day, that’s good.”
Davenport police Sgt. Shawn Roth said, “With the climate of the country right now that’s what we need, people to come out see us that we’re normal people. We’re having fun, we’re having a good time, we’re joking with each other.”
Having a good time, while doing some good.