The 2016 Battle of the Badges presented a night of non-stop action as hundreds of attendees watched the Chicago Police Department battle against the Chicago Fire Department in 10 boxing fights at the De La Salle Institute in Chicago.
The opening ceremony included the presentation of the Color Guard, Chicago Fire Department Color Guard, Chicago Police Department Color Guard, Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department and Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Fire Department, the Pledge of Allegiance, Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.
Event sponsor, Country Financial presented a $25,000 check to the Battle of the Badges Committee to benefit a number of charities, some of which include the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Ignite The Spirit, The Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society, Fire Chaplains Ministry and The Fireman’s Widows and Children’s Assistance Fund.
The family of fallen Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano were also in attendance as he was posthumously honored with the 2016 Police and Fire Fallen Hero Award. As the Capuano family, Julie, Nick and Andrew stepped into the ring to accept the award, they were also presented with Firefighter Capuano’s jacket. The traditional Boxing Memorial 10 Count followed.
To start the boxing action, a few exhibition matches took place from members of the Jr. Boxing team from the Chicago Park District.
In the main event, boxers from CPD and CFD demonstrated a lot of heart. The fights were evenly matched and the crowd, which included many fellow firefighters and police officers, constantly cheered them on.
After all the blood, sweat and tears from both teams, the Chicago Police Department’s boxing team defeated the Chicago Fire Department.
The following are the fight results from the main event:
CPD vs. CFD
Salvador Cano defeats Cesar Rodriguez.
Amoni Mathews defeats Tony Morales.
Tom Schwatzer defeats Robert Speigel.
Lydia Cruz defeats Angela Banostra.
Eli Alcanter defeats Eric Bianchini.
Mike McCarthy defeats Dave Pinera.
Oliver Franklin defeats Dan McNulty.
David Malloy defeats Keith McMiller.
Kevin Gibbons defeats Nicholas Smith.
Robert Canfield defeats Michael Cannon.