ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Local police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers will step into the ring Wednesday night for this year's Guns ‘n Hoses" boxing event. The 29th annual fundraiser for BackStoppers begins is at 6:30 at Scottrade Center.
Many of the male and female fighters are arriving for the Guns ‘n Hoses event. They will be competing in a 17 bout fight card tonight, 15 boxing matches and two mixed martial arts contests.
Among the participants this year, are three corrections officials, a security worker at Anheuser- Busch, and someone from the FBI. They have been training for months. Before the bouts begin, a solemn ceremony will honor one firefighter and two police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. Guns ‘n Hoses" raises money for the BackStoppers organization that assists families of first responders who have died in the line of duty.
Since they began in 1987, Guns `n Hoses events have raised nearly $5 million to benefit BackStoppers,