The Galveston Island Battle of the Badges celebrates the accomplishments of first responders who often times heroically perform their jobs day to day without applause of fanfare.
One of Alvin ISD Police Department’s very own is the event coordinator of this very special event. Alvin ISD PD Captain Jorge Trevino coordinated the 8th annual Galveston Island Battle of the Badges, which was held on Sept. 10, at Moody Gardens Convention Center.
“The mission of the Galveston Battle of the Badges is to spotlight the men and women of our first responder corps. Galveston BOTB strives to celebrate their accomplishments and at the same time provide them with an unforgettable experience. One in which, they are the stars of the show,” said Captain Trevino.
Battle of the Badges is a sanctioned USA Boxing show that matches area police officers, sheriff’s deputies and constables against EMS technicians, lifeguards, and firefighters. The Blue Team consisted of officers from the Santa Fe Police Department, Galveston County Sherriff’s Office, Webster Police Department, Galveston Police Department, League City Police Department, Friendswood Police Department, Texas City Police Department, and our very own Alvin ISD Police Department.
The Red Team consisted of firefighters from Galveston Fire Department, Marathon Fire Department, League City Fire Department, Round Rock Fire Department, Pearland Fire Department, Texas City Fire Department, Kemah Fire Department, Galveston EMS, and Austin Fire Department.
Approximately 6,000 people attended the event with proceeds benefitting the Galveston Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Communities in Schools of Galveston County, The Children’s Center Inc., and Kreative Kids Consulting.
This year, the Red Team won the championship belt by winning 9 of the 13 fights.
Alvin ISD PD’s very own Officer Francisco Diaz fought in the main event, and took a unanimous decision against Galveston Fire Department’s Gerald Clouser.
“It is the best amateur boxing show in Texas. It features some of the most entertaining and elaborate fighter entrances anywhere. The competition is absolutely fierce,”Captain Trevino said.
“The show was absolutely fantastic. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend going because the entertainment was unbelievable, and it goes to support our first responders,” said Alvin resident Johnny Wennerstrom.