Eastern North Carolina Fires and Police Department raise money for cancer patient at baseball fundraiser

KINSTON, NC (WNCT) – It was a special day on the baseball field as the first Badge Battle, presented by Lenoir Community College, took place at Grainger Stadium in eastern North Carolina. .

Even though the Kinston police and their firefighters work together every day, they met again at Grainger Stadium on Saturday, they all grabbed their bats and gloves to support a local man and bring the community together.

“It’s a chance for us to come here and have a good time, kind of tell it all and relax a bit. Have a good time,” said Keith Goyette, operations major for the Kinston Police Department.

This is the first year of the Battle of the Badges event, and those who participated want to make it an annual event, supporters said.

Kinston Police and Fire Department played to raise money for the Jonathan Manning Foundation. Manning has stage four cancer.

“He started again in the fire department and he wanted to be a public safety officer,” said Kinston Fire Department Administration Captain William Barss. “And so when the opportunity arose, he was able to go side with the police,” said Kinston Fire Department Administration Captain William Barss.

It was also an opportunity for the community to interact with the two departments.

“Our main goal is to help everyone in any type of situation,” said Kinston Police Department officer Ashley Gonzalez. “So this is a call for service, and we are public service, even if we are PD or FD, we are always here for you.”

Although there was some friendly competition on the pitch, the goal of Saturday’s game went way beyond the scoreline.

“We just want to let Jonathan know that we love him,” Barss said. “And that, you know, he’s from the fire family. And he’s from the police family. family in town. And that’s what matters.”

While it was all fun and playful, both teams brought their competitiveness to the field, all for a good cause.

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