COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The city of Columbus firefighters and police officers usually work together to get the job done but as soon as the puck dropped Saturday afternoon the teams were divided.
NBC4’s very Audreydrey Hasson, Jerod Smalley and Hattie Hawks got to drop the ceremonial puck ahead of the first responders hockey game..
“We’re all best friends whether with our own firemen or team but it’s a blast to get out here.”
It was as tough battle in the rink.
And even though they had their supersititions.
“Next year I’m going to work on growing my hair and my mustache like this.”
The police officers won the annual match-up 4-3 over the firefighters
“We played really well in the first period and then these guys took a run at it there got a little close.”
But the goal is the same — to raise money for “hockey helping hereos,” a program that assists first responders and their families.
“It was a good battle out there. It always is but when it comes down to it we are all trying to do the same thing”
“If we don’t let them win every once in a while we won’t be able to make a lot of money for that good cause so they’re going to want to stop playing us eventually.”
NBC4 is a proud sponser of the matchup.
And this was the 4th annual first responders face off.
Proceeds from the event benefitted the First Responder Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization that provides annual scholarships for children of downed First Responders and young adults who wish to become first responders; philanthropic and research efforts for early detection of health issues and safety measures of first responders; economic hardship grants to first responders and their families; and direct contributions to other charitable organizations.
Both teams were coached by former Buckeye stars.
Eddie George coached the team representing Columbus Police, and Matt Calhoun will coach the team representing the Columbus Division of Fire.
The event paid tribute to Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering, who were killed in the line of duty on Feb. 10., 2018