Lawton, Okla._The Lawton Police Department and the Lawton Fire Department battled it out on a basketball court today and it was all for a good cause.
The departments played hard for their respective charities in front of a packed crowd at the MacArthur High School gym. Money from the ticket sales will go towards the LPD "Shop With A Cop" Christmas program and the fire department's Robert G. Tahbonemah fund. Tahbonemah was a Lawton firefighter who lost his battle with cancer in 2010. It's been over 20 years since the two departments played a game of basketball for charity. Although the teams enjoyed a healthy dose of "friendly" competition they say they were really driven by the desire to win one for the special programs they represented today.
"It's for charity and I think both the fire department and police department work hard, regardless of what people think. They put their lives on the line, same as we do. Both agencies do, and I think it's good to come out and support," said Captain Robert Puccino.
"We decided to come up with a way to honor him so his kids could have someone to look up to. I know that his kids look up to him but it's a way to show that we respect him and show his kids what he was all about to us," said Steven Monostori.
The Lawton fire department beat the police officers 45 to 26 and walked away with a trophy and bragging rights. The money from ticket sales is still pending but they did receive $700 in donations.
The two teams will have another charity game at Cameron University May 25th.