Battle of the Badges draws local contenders

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Friendswood Police Officer Jeff Kimball competed in Galveston Saturday in the annual “Battle of the Badges.”

Friendswood Police Officer Jeff Kimball competed in Galveston Saturday in the annual “Battle of the Badges.”

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DSC_0361Flanked by fully decked out “stormtroopers,” Friendswood Police Officer Jeff Kimball donned a Star Wars appropriate Empire hood for his introduction at Saturday’s “Battle of the Badges” in Galveston.
While the boxing match didn’t go his way, “I did have a lot of fun with my entrance,” states Kimball, who competed against a firefighter from Texas City.
Pitting firefighters against law enforcement, or “Team Red” vs. “Team Blue,” the annual Battle of the Badges featured more than a dozen lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight bouts. The joint venture among the Galveston Police Department, Galveston Fire and Rescue and Galveston County Sheriff’s Office benefits the Resource Crisis Center of Galveston County, The Children’s Center Inc., and Galveston Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
“This is a very entertaining way to spotlight first responders and at the same time raise money for the area charities,” Kimball said. “I would encourage any other officer or firefighter who wishes to participate to take the opportunity and do it, even with no formal fighting background, as I did not have any. My advice would be: The more training you are able to do, the better – and it will show on fight night!”
Kimball himself plans to continue training with “Mean” Gene Hill at Dickinson-based Woodhorn Boxing, Jason Carter’s Furia Training Center in Dickinson/League City and conditioning at Ucancrossfit in League City. He already is making plans to participate in Battle of the Badges 2016.
Saturday was also a first for Pearland Officer Robert DaSilva, who made his entrance via skateboard. Pearland Firefighter Dale Loewen won the match, but there are no hard feelings. DaSilva and Loewen will team up for charity again for the Toys for Tots basketball game in December.
Overall, Team Red prevailed in this year’s battle, winning 10 of the 13 bouts.

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