Sault Ste. Marie Police and Fire Hockey Game Raises Money For Late Fireman’s Family

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Two departments duked it out on a frozen pond today in Sault Ste. Marie.

The city’s fire and police departments replaced their usual uniforms with hockey pads in the 6th Annual Battle of the Badges.

Money raised from Sunday’s event went to the family of Mike Rader.

He was a 16-year veteran of the Sault. Ste. Marie Fire Department who passed away in late February due to a stroke.

The two departments competed in front of a community that was very supportive.

Sault Ste. Marie Fire Chief Scott Labonte said

“After speaking to a lot of people in the community, it’s really shown how the community comes together when something like this happens and brings everybody a little closer.”

There was very little defense in the matchup with the fire department winning 13-11.

More important than the final score was the $3,000 raised during the game for Rader’s family.

Rader was also an organ donor.

His were given through the Gift of Life Michigan organization.