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    Guns 'N Hoses will be tomorrow night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The Backstoppers, as you'll see below, is an important organization. Local firefighters and police officers, along with the general public, fill the center every year for this wonderful event.

    To find out more about the Backstoppers, click HERE.

    Guns 'n Hoses set for Wednesday

    Boxing proceeds will go to Backstoppers


    News-Democrat Phil Surrey is a rookie with the Collinsville Police Department, but on Wednesday night he's going to fight.

    It's all for a good cause.

    Surrey, 24, will fight a Rock County Fire Protection District firefighter in the 2006 Budweiser Guns 'n Hoses boxing match.

    The proceeds benefit St. Louis Backstoppers, an organization that provides financial support to families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

    "It looked like something good to get into," Surrey said, who began training about two months ago. "I'm nervous in an excited sort of way."

    But this year the match has special meaning after a Cahokia officer was killed in a car wreck and a Belleville officer lies in critical condition after a shootout with a double-homicide suspect.

    "That definitely highlighted things for me," Surrey said. "In recent weeks to see something like that happen. It emphasized why we do what we do and how important organizations like Backstoppers are."

    Chambers, 26, was traveling north about 2 a.m. April 25 on Illinois 3 in his squad car and a GMC 1600 pickup truck driven by William Anderson, 38, of St. Louis, was traveling south.

    Anderson crossed over and struck Chambers' car, police said.

    Anderson was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide in the head-on collision.

    Although Backstoppers does not help injured officers, the Belleville Police Department will collect donations for Sgt. Jon Brough, who was critically injured when he was shot in the face during a raid to arrest Larry Sicka on Nov. 10.

    Backstoppers helped Chambers' family financially and with emotional support, Cahokia Police Chief Rick Watson said.

    "They came in and did everything they possibly could," Watson said.

    Many Cahokia officers plan to attend the event, including Watson.

    Three Collinsville officers trained, but only Surrey was selected. Fighters are paired by age, size and experience.

    Roger Engelhardt, a St. Louis City Police officer, is Surrey's trainer. Last year, Engelhardt trained Caseyville Police Officer Frank Moore, who beat a Missouri firefighter.

    The amateur boxing match has raised more than $1 million in the last 18 years.

    "This year it's much more meaningful. I know I bought a boatload of tickets," said Collinsville Chief Scott Williams. "I hope the public from this side of the river turns out, especially this year."

    From: Belleville News Democrat

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    How many of you would like to get in the ring with a cop and throw some haymakers for a great cause?


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