'Guns and Hoses' helping children in the Tennessee Valley
It is an event many look forward to every year, the annual 'Guns and Hoses Battle of the Badges.' Area police officers and firefighters put on some gloves and took to the boxing ring and it is kids in the Tennessee Valley who are benefiting.
There were several reasons people packed the house to see firefighters and police officer duke it out in the ring Saturday night.
"To watch somebody get hurt, I guess," says one young spectator.
But the most important reason says Chattanooga firefighter Jordan Carroll: "It's for a good cause. It's for kids' Christmas. Nobody wins or loses. We're all winners out here. We're all one big team."
Jordan Carroll just graduated from the Chattanooga firefighter academy in September and says she did not think twice about jumping in the ring for the annual Guns and Hoses Battle of the Badges.
"Obviously I'm in a job where I love helping people so this is just a way for me to give back," she says.
The event raises money for The Forgotten Child Fund and for the YCAP Boxing Club, a delinquency prevention program.
"It keeps them off of drugs. It keeps them out of gangs. It gives them life skills," says Lt. Robert Starnes with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. "Also, it helps them to learn about boxing which just helps them to be better men in life."
Thousands watched as some police officers and firefighters took some pretty hard hits.
"I've been hit in the face a couple of times and I'm not a big fan of it. But I'll take a few hits for some kids," says Carroll.
While it's all in good fun, it is still a competition.
"It's for bragging rights," says Starnes.
"John Meadows, my son, he's been practicing since February," says Ginger Vineyard.
It's a true fight to help children of the Tennessee Valley.
"We always trying to support this every year," says Vineyard.
"I'm happy to be a part of it," says Carroll.
We are told more than 2,000 people attended Saturday night's event. This is the sixth year for Guns and Hoses.