POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 27 TRURO - The banter has already started between local firefighters and police officers. The talk, however, is friendly and for a good cause - the third annual Battle of the Badges that takes place this Thursday. "Save it for the ice, boys," Truro Police Service Cpl. Rick Hickox said, jokingly, to a fellow officer and one of the Truro Fire Service firefighters. Hickox is the area director for Truro for the Atlantic Police Association and is organizing the game, which takes place Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. "We're teaming up again with the Colchester Food Bank, CEC Safe Grad, and the 3rd Boy Scouts of Truro, which encompasses all the Scouts, Beavers, Rovers and other programs," said Hickox. "We hand out $3,000 to local charities through the event, including the Children's Wish Foundation." In conjunction with the hockey game, students at Cobequid Educational Centre are hosting a food drive to support the Colchester Food Bank. Between 4 and 7 p.m. on Feb. 25, student council members will be going doorto-door in various areas in Truro and Bible Hill collecting donations, which can also be dropped off at the school between that same time. "Last year, 1,100 pounds were collected, so we are looking to improve upon that and we're looking for community support again," said Hickox. Mary DeAdder, the executive director of the food bank, said the food drive is a "tremendous" support each year. Firefighters, police officers playing in Battle of the Badges game in support of local charities "Right after Christmas, everything slows down," said DeAdder. "We look forward to this game every year, and the children enjoy it so much." DeAdder said the food bank and its clients are very fortunate in this area. "Food-wise, it's very encouraging knowing the support is out there," she said, adding supplies will be slow until the fall." Tickets for the game are $10 each or four for $30. They can be purchased at the door the night of the game. Most of the players on the police side of things will be local officers with the Truro Police Service, with an officer from Amherst Police Department joining them. Firefighters from the Truro department and Colchester County will round out the other team. Raissa Tetanish - As Originally Published In Truro Daily News, February 24, 2015 Facing Off For A Good Cause The annual Battle of the Badges charity hockey game between local police officers and firefighters is coming up on Thursday in support of numerous charities including the Colchester Food Bank, CEC Safe Grad, 3rd Truro Boy Scouts program and the Children's Wish Foundation. Some of those helping out with the cause, and even participating, include, from left, Truro Police Service Const. Edwin Reynolds, CEC Safe Grad liaison officer; Truro Fire Service firefighter Mike Mabey; Truro Police Service Const. Justin Russell; Chris Lomond, CEC student council co-president; Shannon Wolfe, CEC Safe Grad teacher advisor; Truro Police Service Cpl. Rick Hickox, the area director for Truro for the Atlantic Police Association; Mary DeAdder, executive director of the Colchester Food Bank; and Serena Sodhi, CEC student council co-president. PANS in the community