Cops vs. Firefighters, hockey rivalry continues Wednesday.

April 5, 2016

cops_v_firefighters_014By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.

VICTORY TWP. — It’s that time of year again when local cops and firefighters will face off on the ice for bragging rights of which team is the best at hockey. For the past two years, the Law Dogs have won the title, defeating the Smoke Eaters. Will they repeat for a third time or is it time for the firefighters to light up the rink? 

The third annual Smoke Eaters vs. Law Dogs hockey game, Wednesday, April 6 at West Shore Community Ice Arena.

The event raises funds for the Mason County Fire Relief Fund, which was created to help families or individuals who are in need because of the loss of a home due to fire.

“The event has been a great success which helps assist those struggling following the loss of property by fire,” said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, coach of the Law Dogs team.  “With that said, I do feel for the firefighters, they do try.”

Riverton Township Fire Chief Joe Cooper, coach of the Smoke Eaters, said the Sheriff is dreaming. “It’s like a comedy show on ice watching law enforcement skate,” Cooper said. “I believe Kim Cole is getting pretty nervous cause he keeps posting comments on Facebook.”

In seriousness, though, Cooper said he is hoping for a good turnout. “This is a great cause that has benefited local families who are in need during tragic events.”

Over the past two years the event has raised nearly $10,000. Firefighter Justin Melchert, one of the event’s organizers, said he is hoping to match that again this year.

 “When it comes down to it, firefighters, cops, paramedics, do what they do because they want to serve the community,” Cole said. “Being able to get together like this and have some fun is just another way we can help out our neighbors and friends. The public won’t be disappointed in this game.”

Hockey players will be coming from departments in Mason, Oceana and Manistee counties. 

The night will include a silent auction and door prize drawings throughout the game with festivities starting at 6 p.m. and the game starting at 6:30 p.m.

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