Battle of the Badges draws local competitors

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Pearland Officer Robert DaSilva competed for the Blue Team, while Pearland firefighter Dale Loewen fought for the Red Team in the USA Boxing-sanctioned charity event, “Battle of the Badges,” Saturday, Aug. 29 at Galveston's Moody Gardens Convention Center. Firefighter Loewen was the victor of the bout.

Pearland Officer Robert DaSilva competed for the Blue Team, while Pearland firefighter Dale Loewen fought for the Red Team in the USA Boxing-sanctioned charity event, “Battle of the Badges,” Saturday, Aug. 29 at Galveston’s Moody Gardens Convention Center. Firefighter Loewen was the victor of the bout.

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DSC_0297It was tough but friendly competition Saturday in Galveston when area firefighters took in law enforcement in a “Team Red” vs. “Team Blue” USA Boxing-sanctioned charity event.
The “Battle of the Badges” featured more than a dozen lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight bouts.
For some, such as Pearland Police Officer Robert DaSilva, who made his entrance via skateboard, competing in the annual charity event was a first.
An 18-year veteran of the Pearland department, DaSilva spent 6 months training for his first public fight. It also was Pearland’s first time to participate in the annual Galveston battle. He was matched against firefighter Dale Loewen, who has been with the Pearland Fire Department for four years. It was Loewen who won bragging rights this year, but there are no hard feelings outside the ring. DaSilva and Loewen will both coordinate and compete on the basketball court in December in an annual benefit for Toys for Tots.
Team Red prevailed in this year’s battle, winning 10 of the 13 bouts.
Battle of the Badges is an annual joint venture among the Galveston Police Department, Galveston Fire and Rescue and Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
Proceeds benefit the Resource Crisis Center of Galveston County, The Children’s Center Inc., and Galveston Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

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