CEDAR GROVE, NJ – The 10th Annual Battle of the Badges was held on Oct. 15 at Community Park in Cedar Grove featuring the police and fire departments from Cedar Grove, Verona and West Caldwell, and the police departments of North Caldwell and Little Falls. Cedar Grove Police defeated the Verona PBA to win the championship.
This year all proceeds will be used to purchase a service dog for Cedar Grove resident Matthew Ribaudo. Ribaudo is the son of retired Cedar Grove Police Officer Joseph Ribaudo and lives with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. He was recently approved for a service dog through “Loyalty Service Dogs” and all monies raised from the tournament will go to purchasing the dog, as well as the other expenses that will be incurred, such as training, traveling to meet the dog and eventually transporting the dog to his home.
The Battle of the Badges Charity Softball Classic was started in 2007 by Lt. Erik Hansson and Det. Michael Tower and Jose Rodriguez with the Cedar Grove Police and Fire Departments. For the past five years, the event has been opened up to other towns.
All photos provided by Mike Tower.