Fight card announced, final preps for 30th Guns N’ Hoses fundraiser

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Organizers set the final fight card Monday night for the 30th Guns N' Hoses event taking place Wednesday night. The competitive boxing match benefits the Backstoppers Organization which helps law enforcement officers and their families, wounded in the line of duty.

"Guns N' Hoses is important because Backstoppers is important" said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.  "Anything we can do to contribute to Backstoppers, which is that insurance policy for our firefighters, our police officers if they die in the line of duty, their families are taken care of" Belmar said.

The event has raised $5.5 million dollars since starting in 1987.  This year's show is in the making to be one of the best yet.

"We have a brand new opening ceremony" said Steve Holley.  "We are bringing in a performer to recognize all of our fallen officers and most importantly it’s a way for the community to represent and share their thoughts about our first responders" Holley said.

This year's fighters represent first responders from across the region.  They've been training for months for the big show this week.  On Monday, they found out who they'll be matched against.  Now, they're ready to fight it out.

"I started training about six months ago" said Rock Fire Protection District's Frank Prusinowski.  "Backstoppers is a great organization and it is desperately needed right now with the cops and firefighters taking a beating this year" he said.

"God forbid my family ever has to use it, this is why people like myself do it" said Fenton Fire Protection District's Anthony Schrempf.  "We support law enforcement, firefighters and Backstoppers as an organization" he said.

Guns N' Hoses is a fundraiser, and the competition is more friendly than combative.  But the stakes of what these men and women are fighting for couldn't be more serious or more timely.

"Unfortunately we have to hold this event because of what happens to our first responders" said Holley.   "In a perfect world we’d never have this event, but what we like to say is this event is the best insurance policy that we hope to never have to use" Holley said.

Tickets are still available for this year's show.  Doors open at the Scottrade Center downtown Wednesday at 5:30 p

                                  2016 Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses Fight Card

Leo Breavit

Eureka Fire Protection District

  Clifford Krause

Missouri Department of Corrections

Joe Sanchez

Community Fire Protection District

  Tom Noonan

St. Louis County Police Department

Lauren Carter

St. Louis County Police Department

  Tawanna Simms

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Anthony Crawford

St. Louis City Fire Department

  Rob Standard

Dept. of Justice Services

4x Cody Naucke

Reynolds County Ambulance

Devin Anderson

St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office

Kyle Feldker

Cardinal Glennon EMT

MMA Marc Wasem

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Pari Stocker

Eureka Fire Protection District

  Amanda Hustedde

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Brandon Shellenberg

Granite City Police Department

  Gary Glasby, Jr.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Frank Prusinowski

Rock Community Fire Protection District

  Michael Livia

O’Fallon (MO) Police Department

Anthony Morris

Wentzville Police Department

  Glennon Frigerio

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Cody Woolbright

Cottleville Fire Protection District

MMA Anthony Schrempf

Fenton Fire Protection District

Chris Granda

Rock Community Fire Protection District

MMA Nathan Biggs

Highland Police Department

Ryan Counterman

Hazelwood Police Department

  Ervin Lockhart

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Scott Fisher

Big River Ambulance District

  Nicholas Payne

St. Louis County Police Department

Jonathon Brown

Illinois Dept. of Corrections

  Douglas Keys

Dupo Police Department

Josh Davis

St. Charles Police Department

  Joe Judge

Overland Police Department