Metro firefighters and police officers took to the ice Sunday to help raise money for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
The First Annual 'Battle of the Badges' pitted Metro Fire against members of the Chicago Fire Department, and Metro police against St. Louis police officers in a hockey tournament at the Bridgestone Arena.
Metro's departments both have hockey teams but playing each other all the time “gets a little boring” according to one Metro police officer.
The two departments invited teams from their St. Louis and Chicago counterparts for the friendly competition.
“We usually play on Sundays down at the Sports Plex, but we're playing here today to try and raise money for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital” said Metro police officer Mike Grandstaff.
Officer Henry Particelli, another Metro officer told News 2 it had been years since he strapped on skates for a game. “Very friendly atmosphere, at least that's what I'm expecting anyway” he said.
There were few body checks but Metro P.D.'s goalie, Mike Knapp who was playing as a friend to the department, was knocked cold from a slap shot. “It hit me in the jaw, just below where my strap is, it caught half jaw and half mask” said Knapp who finished the game. “these guys will take a bullet for you, but they won't jump in front of the net” Knapp joked.
Officers and firefighters from the three cities say they enjoy playing enough and that they hope to put together similar tournaments in Chicago and St. Louis.