ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They’re getting ready to rumble once again at Scottrade Center Wednesday night.
It was announced during a weigh-in ceremony at Helen Fitzgerald’s Tuesday evening that all tickets for this year’s bouts pitting local police officers, firefighters and EMT’s against each other had been snapped up.
All proceeds for the annual pre-Thanksgiving event will go to support 82 families and 66 children of those who’ve fallen in the line of duty locally through Backstoppers.
Backstoppers executive director Ron Battelle noted Wednesday’s packed house will be a far cry from the first event held back in 1987.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “It became a tradition in the area. The community adopted it and I really think it’s an opportunity for (fans) to step up and support their police, fire and EMS officers.”
Among those strapping on the gloves will be Ashley Cummins with the St. Louis County Police Department.
She’s fought in past Mixed Martial Arts matches during Guns ‘N Hoses, but this year, she’ll make her professional boxing debut.
Cummins said she’d like to win, but it feels good just to be contributing to a great cause.
“It’s true, everyone’s a winner here,” Cummins said. “We’re here for a much bigger cause. We’re here for Backstoppers, we’re here for all the first responders that made the ultimate sacrifice, and we’re here to help their families.”
Police officer Glenn Frigerio won his very first match during last year’s Guns ‘N Hoses and is back for a rematch against the same opponent.
He will admit that there’s some pride on the line.
“The most important thing is just to have fun, but of course everyone wants to win,” he pointed out. “You don’t train this hard to lose.”
Since the inaugural event way back in 1987, Guns ‘N Hoses has raised more than $6 million for the surviving family members of first responders who’ve fallen in the line of duty.
Last year, more than 18,000 spectators crammed into Scottrade Center, helping them raise a record $653,000.
Both records are likely to fall this year.
Sixteen boxing and MMA matches are slated to get underway at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more at stlgunsnhoses.com.
*Limited Guns ‘N Hoses tickets are still available at the 15 St. Louis-area Hair Saloon locations. Call locations prior to stopping by to confirm availability. For locations, visit hairsaloon.com. Hair Saloon is the official retail outlet for Gun ‘N Hoses.*