Thursday, August 6, 2009

Catron Sheriff’s Deputies Compete In Battle Of The Badges

By Richard Torres
Catron County Sheriff’s deputies Ian Fletcher and Ray Goetz recently participated in the Battle of the Badges, a fundraiser in Rio Rancho, July 26.
The event was a full-contact arena football game, a “grudge match between cops and firefighters.”
“I played most of the game as a lineman,” Fletcher said.
Goetz played nose guard. A crowd of more than 1,400 cheered on the teams in the indoor arena located at the Santa Ana Star Center.
“It was a very physical game,” Fletcher said. “This was my first time playing in such an environment. A special moment in the game came when Joe Harris Jr. entered the game. His father was slain in the line of duty, and he took his place on the team. I had a lot of fun, a few sore muscles, and I would do it again.”

Photo caption: Catron County Sheriff’s deputy Ian Fletcher (72) stands in the huddle of policemen/ football players during the Battle of the Badges, a fundraiser game between police and firefighters at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Courtesy photo

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