Cops and Kids Foundation awards law enforcement officers who skate for a good cause

NOW: Cops and Kids Foundation awards law enforcement officers who skate for a good cause

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Metro Hockey Team is made up of law enforcement officers from around SE Wisconsin. And for the last 20 years they've been giving back to charity through their Battle of the Badges hockey game. 

"I think it's our turn to step up and give back to the community," said Kevin Armbruster a former Milwaukee police officer and current East Troy officer. 

After clocking out, Armbruster trades in his blue police uniform for a hockey uniform. 

"We raised over $35,000 dollars last year in charity. I think that's spectacular," said Armbruster. 

The games are played at the UW Panther arena, and it's against a team made up of local firefighters. 

"It started off with law enforcement doing well and then the last few years the firefighters," said Armbruster. "I don't know what they're doing. I think they got younger players. I don't know how they're recruiting these young players that can outskate us." 

On Monday, Dec. 12, one of the organizations who has been a recipient of the Battle of the Badges Fundraiser wanted to thank these officers for all that they do on the ice and off. 

"Thanks for everything you do in the community. I appreciate all of you," said Bob Kraemer, the president of Cops and Kids Foundation, while presenting them with awards in the shape of hockey pucks. 

Over the years, the Battle of the Badges game has raised money for various other organizations and causes, including autism, officers injured in the line of duty, and any other groups they see in need. 

"Officer [...], out on patrol and working, they see where they need a little more community involvement with the police officers, so they go out and do the Battle of the Badges game and donate it back to organizations like ours." 

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