Police Vs. Fire

Courtesy of Springfield Police Department

The 3rd annual Police VS. Fire Charity Ice Hockey game is Feb. 26, 6 p.m., at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

“The biggest benefit is to raise money for the Greene County 100 Club,” says Captain Eric Reece, of the Springfield Police Department. “The organization provides immediate money to first responder families immediately after a death. Families need help with mortgage, funeral expenses, etc., and insurance/pension benefits often take awhile to start paying out. It has always been my goal to raise enough money through the charity game to cover one payout to a family.”

words JULIE JOHNSON

The first “100 Club” was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1952, after a police officer was fatally shot, according to the Greene County 100 Club website. One hundred community members donated money to help support the officer’s widow and unborn child. Since then, 100 Clubs have formed across the U.S., including Greene, Stone, and Christian counties in southwest Missouri.

“We hope everyone has the chance to come to the game on Feb. 26,” says. Captain Reece. We are expecting a sold out game again.”

For more information about donating to a local 100 Club, click a link below: