The Daily Globe - Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Law enforcement raise funds for charity


September 10, 2018

Steve Newman/Daily Globe

catcher Paul Samardich, left, with the Iron County Sheriff's Department leaps to catch a throw home as Michigan State Police Sergeant Brett Marshall heads for home plate during the first inning of the "Battle of the Badges" softball game Saturday. Marshall scored on the play.


Hurley - The annual "Battle of the Badges" softball game at Cary Park Saturday featured teams of law enforcement officers from Iron and Gogebic counties playing in a contest, with funds raised going to five different charities. Organizers worked to gather donations beforehand and added funds were raised through the day with 50/50 raffle tickets and prize raffles. Ironwood Public Safety officer Matt Sterbenz said, "There's a lot of people that put a lot of hard work into it. It's a chance for people to get out and do something that benefits our local communities." He also added, "It's tough to try and get people together and have a gathering, and hopefully it can continue for years to come."

The sunshiny day brought out a sizable crowd to enjoy the festivities. Charities to benefit from the game include D.O.V.E., HOPE Animal Shelter, Range Suicide Prevention and Joy of Giving.


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