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Police & Fire Departments compete for charity

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The Lawton Police and Fire Departments battled it out on the court Sunday playing basketball for a good cause.

For the past few years, the departments compete for bragging rights, and also to raise money for the Robert G. Tahbonemah Scholarship and Shop with a Cop.

The scholarship goes to a local high school student and is memory of the LFD Corporal who passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer.

"I’m a police officer, it helps out with the community effort, and Robert Tahbonemah was one of my best friends so I mean it's a win-win for me," said Officer Mike Spencer.

Along with the scholarship, Shop with a Cop is an annual shopping spree where kids are taken to Lawton stores with officers as they buy Christmas presents.

The two teams enjoy having this for the community, and they say it gives them a chance to meet with each other outside of work.

"Usually we are in a setting where things going on that's trouble, we see each other on the scene where things aren't going good, and then that's the end,” said Capt. Steven Monostori, Lawton Fire Department. “This is one way we can come out and enjoy time like this, and put on something for the community to raise money for two great causes."

They had different games and prizes at the basketball game, and the winners were the undefeated champs on the Fire Department team.

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