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January 31, 2015 Slideshows

2015 Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Match 

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For the 28th consecutive year, pairs of local police, firefighters and paramedics squared off in the boxing ring at Scottrade Center for three-round matches. Proceeds from this annual first-responder fisticuffs benefit the St. Louis BackStoppers, the organization that supports the families of fire fighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. Photos by Theo Welling
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Firefighter Kelly D'Angelo punches police officer Terri Triplett during a Mixed Martial Arts match.
Police officer Brandon Shellenberg prepares for his match.
Guns 'N Hoses Boxing gloves used by the police officers and firefighters during their match at the 28th Annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses Boxing match held at the Scottrade Center.
Members of the Downtown Irish Parade Committee (from left to right Joe Milligan, Tom Stewart, Thomas Etling, Shawn Milligan and Tom Moore) show their support.
Blues hockey legend Brett Hull with the ring girls at the 28th Annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses.
Tim Connors, a Guns 'N Hoses supporter, helps Sean Dougherty into his boxing gloves.
Local football legend Jackie Smith sings 'Danny Boy' to open the 28th Annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Match hosted at the Scottrade Center.
The audience anticipates the first bout.
Radio personality Smash emceed the event.
Police officer Thomas Venegoni (right) looks at his opponent firefighter Troy Cardona just before the match begins.
The jumbotron at the 28th Annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses Boxing match held at the Scottrade Center.
The 28th Annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses Boxing match held at the Scottrade Center.
The crowd cheers as the referee raises Solomon Burk's hand.
August Busch IV presents a check to the Backstoppers.
Ring girl holds up the sign for round three.
Judges watch a bout in progress.
William Anderson, Will Anderson Sr., and Forest Lee with police officer Tony Anderson before his match.
Zach Absolon with supprter Greg Tuck before Zach's match.
Casey Laundlach and Lauren Gray watch a bout.
Firefirghter Nathan Lett in his final round.
The ref, accompanied by the ring girls, raises the victor's hand.
Firefighter Nathan Lett holds trophy after his fight.

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