Fire Fighters recognize Guns ’N Hoses organizers

Fire Fighters axe
IN APPRECIATION: Thanking them for their support of BackStoppers through the annual Guns ’N Hoses boxing event Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri Local 2665 President Dennis Murray (third from left) and International Association of Fire Fighters President Mark Woolbright (right) presented IAFF axes to St. Louis Guns ’N Hoses organizers. Demonstrating their gratitude are (from left) BackStoppers Executive Director and retired St. Louis County Police Chief Col. Ron Battelle, Guns ’N Hoses President David Stokes, (Murray), Event Organizer & Secretary Steve Holley, Tournament Director Jack Martorelli, (Woolbright) – PFEM Local 2665 photo

Next event is Friday, Jan. 30, at Scottrade Center

The Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri (PFEM) Local 2665 recognized and presented IAFF axes to BackStoppers Executive Director retired St. Louis County Police Chief Col. Ron Battelle and St. Louis Guns ’N Hoses organizers in recognition of their dedication and service to first responders at the local’s December membership meeting.

Since its inception in 1987, Guns ‘N Hoses has raised more than $4.5 million to benefit The BackStoppers organization, which provides financial support and assistance to the families of police officers fire fighters and emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty.

Receiving the axes from Murray and IAFF Vice President Mark Woolbright were Col. Battelle, Guns ’N Hoses President David Stokes, Event Organizer & Secretary Steve Holley and Tournament Director Jack Martorelli.

Martorelli is the former president and business manager of Operating Engineers Local 513 and president of Jack Martorelli Consulting Services.


“These gentlemen’s ongoing commitment, dedication and tireless efforts for the cause of area first responder line-of-duty deaths is greatly appreciated by our membership,” said Local 2665 President Dennis Murray.


The 28th annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event which was originally scheduled for November 26 has been rescheduled for Friday, January 30, at Scottrade Center. The event was postponed in response to the unrest in Ferguson.

Tickets that were purchased for the original date will be honored at the January 30 event.

Guns ‘N Hoses will feature 15 three-round bouts of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches between police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel from Missouri and Illinois. Both male and female fighters are scheduled.

Prior to the opening bell, Guns ‘N Hoses will honor those first responders who lost their lives during the past year.

“We are very excited that we have found a new date to host this annual event,” said David Stokes, president of the St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association. “It wasn’t an easy decision to postpone this year’s event but, out of respect for all those involved, we felt it was the right thing to do. Now, we are able to properly honor our fallen heroes.”


Ticket are $15, $25 and $35 and available by calling Mark O’Brien of St. Louis City Police Department at 314-691-1377; Ed Fingers of the St. Louis County Police Department, 314-713-6031; or Dan Wunder of the O’Fallon, Ill. Police Department at 618-973-1200.

Tickets also are available at all Hair Saloon locations, the Scottrade Center Box Office and online at


For more information on Guns ’N Hoses visit, Facebook at Facebook/BudweiserGunsAndHoses or Twitter @gunsnhosesstl.

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