Firemen vs. police for a good cause - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Firemen vs. police for a good cause

It's the question we've been asking young people for years. What do you want to be, a policeman or a fireman? Well today, one group turned out to be better than the other.

And with Metro Councilman David Tandy doing the honors with the ceremonial jump, the question was ready to be answered! Are firemen better than police on the basketball court?

It's the 2008 Patriot Game at Hoops. The game honors the fallen heroes of the 9/11 attacks. The event benefits Louisville's Healing Place, the agency that helps the addicted and homeless in Metro Louisville. A big part of the day is geared toward the children.

"And we give them an anti-drug message, clean living, don't take drugs and alcohol. We give them some good reasons. They look at the police and firefighters in a different type of uniform than they see on the street, and it's a lot of fun. Everyone loves basketball," said Jayne Labes, The Healing Place.

And it always seems those who head up the police and fire departments like the sport too, but really not enough to suit up.

"They didn't need anybody who was old and slow and couldn't jump, so i'm here cheering them on," said Greg Frederick, Louisville Fire Chief.

"You know, I had a 35-foot jump shot when I was about 30-years old, but I lost that jump," said Robert White, LMPD Chief

Metro police were just a little too much for the fire department.

They won, 102 to 70.

The Healing Place will get anywhere between $35 and $50,0000 in funding for their programs.

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