Followers flock to Studying for 'Battle of the Badges'

READING, Pa. — It is the Battle of the Badges and …a battle for bragging rights.

Allentown First Responders confronted off towards Studying First Responders in an annual hockey recreation on the Studying Royals Santander Area.

“It is an important occasion for our group, and our surrounding communities. The blokes actually get into it,” mentioned David Farrar, Basic Supervisor of the Studying Royals.

Followers got here decked-out, prepared to look at an important recreation of hockey.

“We’re massive followers of the Studying Police and Hearth Division so we hope they kick some butt and hopefully have some fights alongside the best way,” mentioned Krissy Cortazzo.

“I’ve my LV Phantoms mascot, and I’ve a Flyers Jersey on,” mentioned Andrew Dengler.

“I am trying ahead to seeing an important hockey recreation,” mentioned Mary McDonald.

“It is time to help our cops,” mentioned Tom McDonald.

Some followers even had a private tie to the occasion like retired Studying Police Officer Chris Cortazzo.

“I used to play with the hockey workforce. I performed within the very first recreation and ten years of the video games,” mentioned Cortazzo.

And the Lerch family-who confirmed as much as help their son: Allentown Police Detective Nicholas Lerch.

“He is a really wonderful particular person,” mentioned Kelle Lerch. “They put their life on the market for everyone. If we did not have police, I simply do not know what would occur.”

“They help us day by day. So, we really feel it essential to help them.”

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