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Thursday night's 'Battle of the Badges' at the MAC (Monroe Athletic Complex) that was an on-court struggle between comrades in arms, raised thousands of dollars for the Butterflies from Jodie charity that supports many causes in and around New Rochelle. Dressed in Monroe Mustangs royal blue and gold t-shirts, the team of firefighters defeated the police 64-53 in an entertaining and spirited contest. But the real winners were the many organizations supported by Butterflies, as admission, sales of T-shirts, and a 50-50 raffle netted $3,000.
“This was truly a great night for New Rochelle,” said Det. Terrence Fudge, “who helped organize the event in coordination with the Police Benevolent Assn., Firefighters local 273, Butterflies from Jodie and Monroe College. “Although there's a natural rivalry between police officers and firefighters, we came together tonight for the cause. Having said that, I can't deny that both teams wanted to win.”
The Firefighters led for virtually the entire game with leads that stretched to as many as 22 points. But as you might expect from police officers dedicated to fighting crime on the streets, they hung tough and kept it within reach for most of the night.
Sean Kane led the police with 15 points and Rashawn Young was high man for the firefighters with 12 points.
“We were proud to host this event as part of our Homecoming 2012 celebration,” said Monroe Mustangs Director of Development and Information Gary Axelbank. “Monroe College has a 79-year tradition of supporting communities and by partnering with the great police and fire service personnel who keep us safe, we were thrilled to be able to raise funds for a worthy cause and give everyone who attended a very enjoyable evening.”
More than 400 people were in the stands at the MAC cheering on their heroes. The evening was held in memory of fallen firefighter Keith Morris.
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