Local first responders team up for charity


DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Local emergency crews usually work together, but they went head-to-head on Sunday. Davenport police officers and firefighters competed against Rock Island police officers and firefighters in the second annual Battle of the Badges softball game to see who would take the trophy home – or back to the station.

“Absolutely I think we’re going to win,” Davenport firefighter Chris Logan said.

“We like Davenport a whole lot but we think we’re going to bring home the trophy,” Rock Island firefighter Blake Humphrey said.

And they did. Rock Island police officers and firefighters defeated Davenport first responders in this year’s Battle of the Badges, winning the trophy and bragging rights.

“Some trash talking,” Logan said. “It goes back and forth every year.”

They’ve been competing against each other for four years now, but last year, they decided to take the game to Modern Woodmen to get more attention on a good cause.

“We got the idea, the thought, if we’re going to be doing this, let’s do something good for the community,” Humphrey said.

They choose a new charity every year, with this year’s proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“This cause has affected a couple guys in our organization as well as people all over the Quad Cities,” Humphrey said.

Jake Foy, son of the Rock Island Police Department’s deputy chief, is one of them.

“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March and just finished chemo treatments and hopefully it’s the end for me with cancer,” Foy said.

He’s not a first responder himself, but he played along this summer before heading off to college.

“I will be playing baseball at the University of Wisconsin Platteville in the fall,” he said.

Last year, the charity game raised more than $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald house of Iowa City. This year, they brought in twice as much, donating $2,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets to this year’s fundraiser game were also good for the River Bandits game following the Battle of the Badges.