Police officers and firefighters from throughout the San Gabriel Valley met on the basketball court for a charity tournament Saturday May 31st, in which the ultimate winners are the disabled athletes of the Special Olympics.
Voluntary donations collected as entry fees at the 2014 Battle of the Badges will benefit the Special Olympics Southern California, according to organizer and Arcadia police Detective Walter Ashby.
Five games were planned, primarily pitting local police officers against their fire department counterparts.
The San Gabriel Police Department defeated the San Gabriel Fire Department with a final score of 44-38; Alhambra police officers won over Alhambra firefighters 40-29; El Monte police bested Upland firefighters in a close game that ended 59-53; and the Pasadena Fire Department emerged victorious over the Pasadena Police Department 77-41. In the final match-up, the Arcadia firefighters beat the Arcadia police officers 53-48.
The tournament, now in its fourth annual incarnation, was hosted at Arcadia High School.