Firefighters win 24th annual Guns-n-Hoses charity tournament -

Firefighters win 24th annual Guns-n-Hoses charity tournament


(KMOV) -- Thousands of dollars were raised Wednesday night, in the 24th annual Budweiser Guns-n-Hoses boxing event at the Scottrade Center. 
About 16,000 spectators filled the Scottrade Center to watch St. Louis area firefighters and police officers battle it out, in 17 boxing matches.
The last bout victory went to St. Louis Fire Department firefighter, Chad Vancil, claiming a 9-8 team victory. 
Other highlights include Vernon King of the O’Fallon Fire Department beating out Dean Bastila of the Granite City Police Department. 
Firefighters have won the trophy two years in a row. 
Five area law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty this year were honored by a Ten-Count ceremony, before the matches began. 
Annheuser- Busch and its area wholesalers donated a total of $77,508 to Backstoppers, a group that assists families of fallen police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders, killed in the line of duty.  
As of 2009, the event has raised $3- million for Backstoppers, since the start of the event. 
The amount raised in Wednesday night’s event will be announced by the end of the year. 

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