Police officers, firefighters hit punching bags for good cause - KCTV5

Police officers, firefighters hit punching bags for good cause

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City firefighters and police officers are tangling for a good cause.

The Guns and Hoses Event on Nov. 17 at the Downtown Marriott will help raise funds for families of police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel lost in the line of duty. This is the seventh year for the event.

Within 24 hours of a death, the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund provides a $10,000 check to families to help them with their immediate needs.

Families of a Riverside police officer killed while helping respond after the Joplin tornado and an Atchison police officer killed during a call have benefited recently. SAFE has helped eight families since the program started.

Nine years ago this week, Kansas City, KS, Fire Captain Gary Boyert died while responding to a fire call.

"He lost control of his service vehicle, flipped upside down and was killed," said his wife, Debra Boyert.

Debra Boyert was in shock and, before she had time to even process what happened, benefactors came to her aid.

"They came out within 24 hours and presented me with a check with no strings attached, to be used to get through the tough times ahead," she said.

The money came from the Guns and Hoses Event, an annual charity boxing fundraiser. The money raised there goes to SAFE, which was established locally in 2003 when Gary Boyert died. His family was the first to receive funds.

"It was really overwhelming that people I didn't know would come and cared enough about helping my husband's family," Debra Boyert said.

She said she will be at the fundraiser as she is determined to pay it forward.

Those competing in the event said they are doing so because they want to assist others and it provides peace of mind knowing their families will be assisted if the worst happens.

"People need to buy tickets," Riverside firefighter Wayne Gray said. "It's a great show. A lot of fun. Obviously a great cause. These guys are putting their lives on the line for their community, and it's a nice way to be able to give something back."

The VIP party starts at 5 p.m. and the main event is at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $100. Call 816-285-8661 for more information and to purchase tickets.

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