ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Firefighters and police gathered on Wednesday for the annual Guns and Hoses charity boxing event.
The night of boxing between police and firefighters raises money to help the Backstoppers, an organization that helps families of firefighters and police officers who died in the line of duty.
On Wednesday there were 17 fights. Terry Henry was on hand to cheer on her son, a St. Louis police officer. Henry’s husband was also an officer, he died on duty 12 years ago.
Cathy Haase was also in attendance. Haase’s husband Doug, a St. Charles firefighter died on the job 10 months ago. She says the Backstoppers were helpful immediately after he died.
“They were in contact with us the day of his death and told us they were there to help, “ Haase said. “Without them I would not have kept my house. They helped me make the mrotgage paymeny, medical insurance, it’s like they’re heaven sent. They’re a blessing.”
The benefit is always put on the day before Thanksgiving. In its 26 years it has raised $3 million for families of firefighters and police officers who have died in the field. The money goes toward school for surviving children right up through college. They are currently helping 60 families.