FFs Best Police In Annual Guns 'N Hoses Competition
St. Louis Dispatch via YellowBrix
November 26, 2010
ST. LOUIS — When a shoulder injury prevented St. Louis County police officer Steve Park from continuing, the last-bout victory went to St. Louis Fire Department firefighter Chad Vancil and the firefighters claimed a 9-8 team victory in 17 bouts at the 24th Budweiser Guns ’N Hoses Wednesday night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
All five metro-east boxers lost their matches, including Belleville firefighter Joe Ellison; Mike Sullivan, of the Prairie DuPont Fire Department; Granite City police officer Dean Bastila; Jason Davis, of the Southwestern Illinois College Police; and Kris Tharp, of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
Firefighters now have won two consecutive years following several years of police officers winning the team trophy. Last year firefighters won by an 11-6 team score.
Proceeds from Budweiser Guns ’N Hoses benefit The BackStoppers, an organization that assists the families of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders who lose their lives in the line of duty.
Attendance was 16,212 and funds generated will substantially increase the $3 million the event has raised for The BackStoppers through 2009. The amount raised Wednesday night is expected to be announced by year end.
Among the highlights of the evening was announcement of a $77,508 donation to the BackStoppers from Anheuser-Busch and its area wholesalers.
Five area law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty this year were honored by boxing’s Ten-Count ceremony prior to the bouts.
1. O’Fallon, Mo., firefighter Vernon King defeated Granite City police officer Dean Bastila.
2. St. Charles, Mo., firefighter Matt Purcell defeated St. Louis police officer Willie Haymon
3. St. Louis police officer Stephanie Gillen defeated Old Monroe (Mo.) Volunteer firefighterDawn Mencin
4. St. Louis firefighter Pierre Williams defeated St. Louis police officer Mike LaTour.
5. St. Louis County police officer Matt Burns defeated Maplewood, Mo., firefighter Spencer Giles
6. St. Louis police officer Brandon Johnson defeated West County, Mo., EMS and firefighter Greg Bewig
7. Ballwin, Mo., police offiecer Mike Sweet defeatedSt. Louis firefighter Thurman Rhodes
8. West County, Mo., EMS and firefighterBrian Hepperman defeated St. Louis police officer William Gillen
9. Eureka, Mo., firefighterVirgil Davis defeated Southwestern Illinois College police officer Jason Davis.
10. Webster Groves, Mo., firefighterSalvo Parenti defeated Kris Tharp of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
11. St. Louis police officer Erin Lasinski defeated Shama Ray of International Association of Firefighters Local 2665.
12. St. Charles, Mo., police officer Tom Wilkison deafeated Belleville firefighter Joe Ellison
13. St. Louis police officer Dondrell Harris defeated Pairie DuPont, Ill., firefighter Mike Sullivan.
14. Ryan Thieret of the Ste. Genevieve, Mo., County Sheriff’s Department defeated Frontenac, Mo., firefighter.
15. Herculaeum, Mo., firefighter Ramin Warmbrodt defeatedSt. Charles Community College officer Nick Koehler.
16. Frontenac, Mo., firefighterEric Hall defeated St. Louis police officer Dan Claudin.
17. St. Louis firefighterChad Vancil defeated St. Louis County police officer Steve Park