Rivalry boosts community spirit

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As if keeping the streets safe and being at the ready to assist in emergencies isn’t enough of a challenge, our town’s finest are set to give back to the community in yet another way.

Members of the Truro Police Service and the Truro Fire Service will take to the ice on Feb. 27 in the second annual Battle of the Badges event at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

The event is hosted by the Atlantic Police Association and will benefit the Colchester Food Bank, Cobequid Educational Centre Safe Grad, the Children’s Wish Foundation, Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre, the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester and the Colchester SPCA.

It is incredible that men and women who spend countless hours in service to their community making it a safe place to live would also give of their free time. They are stepping forward, setting an example for everyone, young and young at heart, on how to be good citizens. Not just by talking the talk and chastising those who chose to go astray, but by being a part of the community at large.

Unfortunately, too often people regard police and firefighters as people they see when things are going wrong. It is wonderful to see our service men and women volunteering to support community organizations and services devoted to improving the lives of citizens.

High school students are being engaged to help out prior to the event by collecting non-perishable goods for the food bank, an activity officials say will resonate for at least a week following the game as people realize the need.

With a little rivalry thrown in the mix as the police attempt to keep their winning title from 2013, these everyday heroes united by commitment to community, need your support.

We encourage everyone to enjoy a thrilling game of hockey while showing community sprit by cheering for the teams. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Go teams, Go!

Organizations: Truro Police Service, Truro Fire Service, Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Geographic location: Family Resource, Truro

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