Police Officers and Firefighters Face Off in Annual Boxing Tournament

Absorbing rousing applause is veteran event boxer police officer Josh Newkirk (shown) with his belt from one of the nine round tournaments. 
Local officers and firefighters faced off for the 23rd Annual Guns N’ Hoses Charity Boxing Tournament at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena. The match ups feature committed men and women who are not professional fighters, but serve and protect the citizens of Jacksonville as civil servants.
Drawing over 6,000 spectators per year, this event has raised nearly $2 Million over the years. Funds raised will be distributed to local charities through the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police and the Jacksonville Firefighters Charities of choice.
“Regardless of the outcome of the results in the ring, let us remember what this event is and has always been about. Our officers and firefighters literally “fight for a better community,” said David Stevens, Fraternal Order of Police FoundationThis year there were nine contenders that fought for three one minute rounds.

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