Commerce City, Colo. - The Denver Fire Department can claim soccer bragging rights over the Denver Police Department after winning the first Battle of the Badges trophy with a 4-1 victory on Saturday night. The game, played on the Dick's Sporting Goods Park stadium field following the Colorado Rapids match, was organized as a fundraiser between the two departments with proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Fire Department and the Denver Police's Widows and Orphans Fund.
"It was phenomenal," said Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley afterwards. "The Denver Police Department are phenomenal people. We work together every day, and there's always a little inter-rivalry we have going on between the departments. But they're great guys and we had a great time."
Denver Fire took a one goal lead into the second half and made it 2-0 not long into the final 45 minutes. The Denver Police side cut the lead in half not long afterward, but Denver Fire score twice in the final 10 minutes to put the game away.
"It was good to come out here and play for a good cause," said Denver Police Officer Robert Southern. "We all work for the same people, we're all from the same family of Denver. It was a good, hard fought game, but they had the better team tonight."
With two sides that have clearly played the game, a nice turnout of fans were entertained with the back and forth action. However in the end, the Fire Department seemed to have the slight edge and was able to close it out.
Pixley accepted the four-foot tall trophy that the teams had arranged would go to the winner, and also accepted a trophy provided by the City of Denver to recognize the on-field winner of the two public-serving departments that raised money for the community.
Added Pixley, "To play on this pitch, and for the Rapids to be so accomodating for two wonderful organizations that we played for - the Friends of the Denver Fire Department and the Denver Police Department's Orphans Fund - we thank everyone that was able to help us to get this organized, Marcus Myrick, specifically, the City and County of Denver, and everyone from the Mayor on down. And, all the supporters - everbody that bought tickets for these two fine causes, thank you."