Lawton, Okla._TheLawton Police Department and the Lawton Fire Department battled it out on abasketball court today and it was all for a good cause.
The departmentsplayed hard for their respective charities in front of a packed crowd at the MacArthur High School gym. Money from the ticketsales will go towards the LPD "Shop With A Cop" Christmas program and the firedepartment's Robert G. Tahbonemah fund. Tahbonemah was a Lawton firefighter who lost his battle withcancer in 2010. It's been over 20 years since the two departments played a gameof 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 thespecial programs they represented today.
"It's forcharity 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 wedo. Both agencies do, and I think it's good to come out and support," saidCaptain Robert Puccino.
"We decided tocome up with a way to honor him so his kids could have someone to look up to. Iknow that his kids look up to him but it's a way to show that we respect himand show his kids what he was all about to us," said Steven Monostori.
The Lawton fire departmentbeat the police officers 45 to 26 and walked away with a trophy and braggingrights. The money from ticket sales is still pending but they did receive $700in donations.