‘Battle of the Badge’ charity ice hockey game takes place Saturday at Euclid

EUCLID, Ohio — Local firefighters and police hit the ice for a charity hockey game at Euclid on Saturday afternoon.

The battle for the badge will benefit several local nonprofits, including Brady’s K-9 Unit Fund, Max Carter Fund and Lake Erie Panthers Youth Hockey Club.

Fans attending the game can also donate canned food that will benefit the Euclid Hunger Center.

The event sold over 700 tickets and is considered sold out, but donations can still be made to the three nonprofits involved by visiting the Euclid Police Department. website and following the links.

“People don’t have a lot of interaction with police or firefighters. Usually it’s when they’re in crisis and they’re in trouble,” said Kate McLaughlin, community policing specialist for the Euclid Police Department. “It gives people the opportunity to engage and get to know them. It helps to build relationships. »

A portion of the proceeds will go to Max Carter, a 17-year-old who suffered a spinal cord injury during a local hockey game that left him paralyzed. Some of the immediate needs include renovating parts of the Carter home to better accommodate Max and his wheelchair.

“It all started as a community event for people to come and enjoy a hockey game, and it grew into a huge regional event with hundreds of people coming,” McLaughlin said. “It’s grown from something small to a fundraiser for those nonprofits that could really use the aid.”

Brady’s K-9 Unit Fund will also be present at the game, which provides ballistic vests to police dogs. The foundation was started by Brady Tornabene at age 8 and has equipped over 500 K-9 units across the country with body armor.

“My son was watching TV one night and he realized the K-9 was not wearing a ballistic vest like his human partner,” his mother, Leah, said. “It was really touching because I didn’t even realize that the dog wasn’t wearing a vest. For him, realizing that and realizing there was a problem and finding a solution, made me feel really good.

The game will take place at CE Orr Ice Arena, 22550 Milton Ave., Euclid from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Catherine J. Martinez