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HCSO Personnel Participate in 2017 Battle of the Badges


Deputy Blake Kilpatrick Named the Lamar More "Best Boxer for Law Enforcement"

Hamilton County, TN – On Saturday night, March 4, 2017, at the Maclellan Gym on the UTC campus, four Hamilton County Sheriff's Office personnel donned their boxing gloves and joined local area firefighters, law enforcement and EMS personnel to help raise money for the Chattanooga Forgotten Child Fund and the YMCA's Y-CAP Program by participating in the 2017 Guns & Hoses Battle of the Badges!

This year's event was very well attended, and after the dust cleared, local law enforcement held the title of 2017 Battle of the Badges champions!

Representing the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in this year's Battle of the Badges were Lieutenant Robert Starnes, Deputy Blake Kilpatrick, Deputy Danny Stone, and Corrections Deputy Peyton Wilga. Each of these fighters fought hard to help the "Guns" bring home the Championship! HCSO Deputy Blake Kilpatrick was also awarded the prestigious Lamar Moore "Best Boxer for Law Enforcement!"

Also participating in the planning, organization, and logistics of the 2017 Battle of the Badges was veteran committee member, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Director of Support Services, Gino Bennett. Each year, since it was created, Director Bennett has played a critical role in organizing and promoting the Battle of the Badges.

"It is always an honor to help coordinate this event and raise money for our community's children," stated Director Bennett. "I’m always impressed at the willingness of those who accept the challenge and enter the ring each year to fight for charity. It took a lot of dedication on the part of these men to train for months and fight as they did for two great causes. These guys are champions both inside and outside the ring," he noted.

During the last eight years, the Battle of the Badges has raised over $150,000 for the Forgotten Child Fund and the YMCA Y-CAP Program.

Please offer these HCSO personnel your congratulations for a job well done.

More pictures can be viewed on our HCSO Facebook Page.

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