On December 11, California Men’s Colony (CMC) joined other first responders for the seventh annual Central Coast Battle of the Badges. The annual charity event features peace officers or firefighters competing against each other in boxing and mixed martial arts.
CMC Correctional Officer Terry Cook, who founded the event, and CMC Office Technician Sarah Meagher organized the 2021 Battle of the Badges. The beneficiaries included the CMC Employee Benefit Fund, Operation Underground Railroad, and the Atascadero Police Department (APD) K-9 Unit.
The employee benefit fund provides financial assistance to CMC employees and their families when financial hardships arise. Meanwhile, Operation Underground Railroad fights to eliminate child sex trafficking.
When the bell was tolled, signaling the end of the final round, $30,000 had been raised.
Battle of the Badges funds were distributed as follows:
- $7,500 to the CMC Employee Benefit Fund
- $7,500 was donated to Operation Underground Railroad
- $15,000 was donated to the APD K-9 Unit.
Submitted by Lt. John Hill