Public Safety Programs Unite to Support Backstoppers
December at South Tech began with a battle! The Law Enforcement and Firefighting/EMT students went head to head in a fierce game of flag football during South Tech’s own version of “Guns and Hoses” to support Backstoppers.
Guns and Hoses is an annual amateur boxing competition between police departments and fire departments that originated in St. Louis over 30 years ago. From its inception, the charitable event has donated proceeds to the Backstoppers organization. Backstoppers has been serving the families of fallen public safety workers since 1969 by covering debts and other financial needs.
Law Enforcement students approached their instructor, Sue Gibbons, in early November to ask if they could arrange their own version of this event by staging a flag football game with the Firefighting/EMT students. Gibbons called the overwhelming staff support for the idea “amazing” and proudly reported that everyone’s efforts resulted in a donation to Backtstoppers of over $300.
Students handled the bulk of prep work required to make this event happen. They measured, prepped, and lined the field at the back of campus, gathered and transported all of the materials and supplies needed for the game, and restored everything afterward. They even helped chauffer seniors back up to the main campus after the event.
Bob Arcipowski, South Tech’s Precision Machining instructor, worked with his students to create a custom trophy for the winning team. Lt. Mike DeFoe and Officer Dave Wright who generously donated their time serving as referees. Finally, Jessica Kettler and Kathy Kummer supported the cause by collecting all ticket sales and entry fees.
Principal Jake Lohse and Assistant Principal Karista Koehler presented the trophy to the victors of this inaugural event, the Firefighting/EMT seniors, who won the game with a final score of 12 to 6.
Congratulations to both teams on a highly successful event.
To learn more about Backstoppers, click here: http://backstoppers.org/.