Firefighters VS Police...this time for fun!

LA FIRE FIGHTERS VERSES LA POLICE DEPARTMENT IN CHARITY BROOMBALL CHALLENGE AT LA KINGS DOWNTOWN ON ICE OUTDOOR SKATING RINK

LOS ANGELES, CA -– With the New Year comes a rivalry renewed between our trustworthy men and women in uniform.

LA’s finest will go head to head in the 2nd Annual LA Fire Fighters verses LA Police Department Broomball Challenge at LA Kings Downtown on Ice outdoor holiday skating rink at Pershing Square Thursday, January 15, 2009 beginning at 9:00a.m., with proceeds benefiting the LAFD Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund and the LAPD Central City Police Boosters. Armed with only athletic shoes, helmets, brooms and a winning game plan, the competition promises to be a spirited showcase of speed and skill, especially entertaining for onlookers. Angelenos are encouraged to attend the free event to get caught up in the action, and cheer them on. Donations are appreciated and will assist the “Fire Department Family” of active, retired, widows and survivors when faced with personal difficulties and tragedies and various LAPD youth programs and crime prevention activities in the heart of Los Angeles.

In what has become a highly anticipated annual tradition between law enforcement and local fire fighters, the challenge is a part of the community pride outreach program instituted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks that sponsors the holiday rink along with the LA Kings and Councilmember Jan Perry (9th District). The rink at 532 South Olive in Los Angeles is open daily through MLK Day, January 19, 2009.

“We have lots of fun out there but our guys take this very seriously,” says Captain Justin Bactat of LA Fire Station #47 “C” Platoon. “It’s all for a great cause but we’re pretty intent on capturing the trophy so we can keep it on display at the station until next year’s broom battle determines who’s worthy.”

“This year our officers have been doing some extra training to make for a more highly competitive match up,” says Captain Jodi Wakefield of the LAPD Central Area. “We always look forward to the opportunity to team up with our brothers and sisters in the fire department.”

Centrally located in the heart of the City of Angels, LA Kings Downtown on Ice is easily accessible by car, bus or rail. Skating session admission is only $6 (+skate rental $2). Rewarding commuters, a collaboration with Metro allows mass transit riders to receive a $1 skating session discount by showing a coupon available for downloading via the Destinations Discounts webpage at www.metro.net. The convenient stop at Pershing Square Station makes getting there easy. Underground discount parking is available with validation.

For more info and a detailed session schedule go to www.laparks.org or call 213/ 847-4970.
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