Troubled FOP pushes forward with charity fight night
The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police says their popular fight night must go on even after the arrest of the organizations top leaders.
"We know that there are some good people over there at the FOP, and we are going to make this event a success. It's going to be great just like every year" said Mark Treglio who is the 1st Vice President of the FOP.
The fomer FOP president Nelson Cuba and Guns N Hoses organizer Robbie Freitas were both arrested during an alleged internet gambling scheme by state investigators.
"I knew we would be able to continue with this event. What Robbie built is a great thing. I just look forward to continuing what he started" said Alex Bergamo who is the event coordinator.
The event drew a crowd over 7000 people last year, and the hope is that this year the crowd will be even bigger.
Guns N Hoses is the largest charity event in Jacksonville, with money raised going to FOP and Fire Union charities. It also provides a welcomed break for the participants from the stress of the job.
"At the end of the day this event is going to be a great showcase of the police and firefighters and them giving back to their community" said Bergamo.
The weigh in was Tuesday and now the fighters are ready for their 3 minutes in the ring to show off the skills they have been working on while training for the past few months.
The event itself is something everyone can enjoy.
"The atmosphere is electric that night. It's a great time for kids all the way up to adults" said Bergamo.
The Guns N Hoses event will be held at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 6:30pm on Saturday.
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