The friendly rivalry between police and firefighters in the area has grown into an event that for the past few years has drawn national attention.
The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday, August 13 in the Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The event has became the largest event of its kind (per capita) in the country, with proceeds going to support MedCamps.
MedCamps is an organization that provides children who have severe health and developmental disabilities with a summer camps experience equivalent to that of other children.
MedCamps has a full medical staff that provides special individual care for campers as the enjoy activities like horseback riding and canoeing. All those who attend MedCamps do so free of any charge.
"If it wasn't for the partnership of Battle of the Badges it would be really hard to give these kids this summer camp experience," says Camp Director Casey Hopson.
Battle of the Badges has formed a special relationship with Medcamps, with many fighter visiting the camps regularly.
The event began 12 years ago in the Ouachita High School Gym, and has grown every year since. This year's crowd is expected to near 7,000 people. Battle of the Badges Vice President JR Moore says the key to the event's success the the community's involvement, and it's desire to support charitable organizations.
"This is my 12th year to involved with this event, and I couldn't be happier about what we've been able to do for MedCamps and the other charities that have been involved over the years," says Moore.
The event begins at 6 p.m. More information, including ticket information is available on the Battle of the Badges website.