Battle of the Badges Charity 5K & Police vs Fire Softball


Contact Person:
Kathleen Riffenburg (608)234-7972

Media Photo Opportunity:  
Coin toss - Tuesday, August 1st, 2:00pm at 3201 N Pleasant View Road

For the 6th consecutive year, Middleton Police, Fire & EMS staff are planning a police versus fire softball game & a 5K fun run/walk to raise money for a local family affected by childhood disease.  The event will be Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 8:30am-12:30pm at Firefighters Memorial Park at 3201 North Pleasant View Road in Middleton.  We will have alot of prizes & silent auction items from generous local sponsors, great food in the concession stand & tons of fun planned for the morning. Online registration for the 5K, as well as ways to donate, and all event details are listed at


This year, we are raising funds for 6-year old Bennie, who is a miracle child with a true fighting spirit.  Bennie lives in Madison with his mom & dad, Mary & Rick, and siblings Samuel & Samantha.  He also has adult siblings, Andrew & Allison who are going to college in the Madison area.

Bennie was born early due to pregnancy complications & has had an uphill battle ever since.  He was born not breathing & was very sick & had to be placed on a ventilator.  After seeing numerous doctors & specialists, he was diagnosed with Chromosome 14Q Deletion.  


Bennie's family quickly found out that this meant he was missing an entire piece of a chromosome, which brought with it many sub-diagnoses.  Over the past five years, Bennie has seen about 20 specialists & had over a dozen surgeries.  He has lung disease, brain lung thyroid syndrome, chorea, brain damage, scoliosis & many other conditions that have rendered him non-verbal with a slim chance of ever walking or talking. 

Additional Fundraisers

In addition to the main event on Saturday, August 12, several businesses have offered to hold these fundraisers in the days leading up to the event:

Tuesday, August 1st from 4-8pm at Dickey’s BBQ – Dickey’s BBQ will donate 10% of all sales!


Sunday, August 6th from 11am-3pm at Pick ‘n Save – BRATS FOR BENNIE!  Pick ‘n Save is hosting a brat stand in front of the store with all proceeds going to Battle of the Badges!

Keith Cleasby
Social Media Manager
Middlleton Police Department

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