LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –The Lawton Police Department and Lawton Fire Department are taking it to the court once again for a good cause.
For the past few years, the two departments have met on the court to battle it out for bragging rights while they raise money for the Robert G. Tahbonemah scholarship and Shop with a Cop. While the Lawton Fire Department has left each year with a victory, the real winners are the charities.
The Robert G. Tahbonemah scholarship goes to a local high school student and is memory of LFD Corporal Tahbonemah who passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer.
Shop with a Cop is an annual shopping spree where kids are taken to Lawton stores and get to go on a shopping spree with police as they buy Christmas presents.
Playing for the Lawton Police Department:
Detective Noah Ellis
Sergeant Jeff McCoy
Sergeant Matt Dimmit
Sergeant Mike Spencer
Officer Brittany Schulte
Officer Mike Whisman
Officer Abe Wolfel
Officer Tim Jenkins
Officer Bill Maxson
Lieutenant Justine Thorne
One of the LPD players claims to have grown a few inches taller, but they'll all put their skills to test against the firefighters.
Playing for the Lawton Fire Department:
#1 Sergeant Chris Jones, 6'2" and played basketball for Indiahoma High School
#2 Captain Steven Monostori, 6'2"
#11 Corporal Alex Hadley, 5'8"
#14 Firefighter Chris Morrison, 6'2" and played basketball in Wolf City, Texas
#16 Corporal Jason Sellers, 6'2"
#22 Lieutenant Brian Wiersema, 6'5" and played basketball for Apache High School and SWOSU
#31 Firefighter Kolton Nading, 6'6" and played basketball for Cache High School
#44 Corporal Chance Mullins, 6'0" and played basketball for Elgin High School
The firefighters are bring the heat and started the smack talk early.
"It's a great event. We enjoy the opportunity to come out and compete and have some fun in front of our community. And I think it is really cool how the cops let us win every year!"
"Cops have heroes, they are called firefighters!"
"Impossible is not a word, just a reason not to try!"
The LFD team enjoys putting on the event each year and they say it gives them an opportunity to meet with police in a friendly manner.
"We always like giving back to our supporting community and this is one way we can. This is one way the public can come and see us on a personal level and have a good time doing so," said Capt. Monostori.
Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at the MacArthur High School gym on Sunday, April 3. It costs $5 to get in and there will be a $500 half court shot.