Cops, Deputies Play Charity Basketball Game, Honor Fallen Comrade

Michele Fiore
March 05, 2018 - 7:27 pm
Battle Of Badges Basketball Game

Michele Fiore/WBBM Newsradio

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police officers tipped off against Cook County Sheriff's deputies in a charity basketball event honoring a fallen comrade.

The “Battle of the Badges” game Monday at the United Center raised about $5,000.

The money will go toward the Peace Officer Memorial Foundation for Fallen Officers in Cook County and the "My Block, My Hood, My City" program to help at-risk youth. 

Chicago Police Department players wore blue, while Cook County sheriff’s deputies wore black. They were united in a video tribute to Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, the high-ranking CPD member fatally shot by an armed suspect last month.

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Tickets to the first annual CPD vs. Cook County charity basketball game were $30 and included nose-bleed seats to the 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls home game.

CPD won Monday’s game 53-45.

Cook County Sheriff's Deputy Claudia Martin organized the event. 

She started planning for it back in December. She said it made sense to dedicate the game to Bauer because his recent death is a great loss to everyone in law enforcement.