Sheriff’s employees bring home a few belts from weekend boxing event

If you caught my feature story last week on the six Douglas County Sheriff’s Office employees slated to fight in a boxing event over the weekend in Kansas City, Mo., today you might be wondering how they did.

Pretty well, according to the sheriff’s office, which posted an update on Facebook after the event. Three of the boxers won their matches: Corrections Officer Jesse Cheek, Deputy Mark Mehrer and Corrections Officer David Pierce. The self-described “old man” of the group — and father of Jesse Cheek — Lt. Randall Cheek, 60, won his match by forfeit due to his opponent being injured and was guaranteed a fight next year. Two other sheriff’s office employees also competed, Corrections Officer Danielle Dunn and Deputy Rich Qualls.

The annual Kansas City Guns N’ Hoses charity boxing event pits law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics against one another in the ring. The event raises money for the Kansas City Crime Commission’s Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance as well as burial and legal services to the families of fallen first responders in this area.

I’m guessing a notable chunk of proceeds this year came from Douglas County folks paying to see their relatives and colleagues fight — with six fighters, the sheriff’s office had by far the most representatives of any area agency.

Our boxers had an extremely successful night at the Kansas City Guns N' Hoses charity boxing event Saturday and ended up…

Posted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Monday, October 23, 2017

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