Members of the military, police officers, correctional officers, firefighters and other first responders volunteered to get in the ring for charity at Battle of the Badges on Saturday, June 1 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa. There were a total of 13 battles that included both men and women.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was represented by Edward Espinosa, 45, or "The Brooklyn Bomber." Espinosa has been with OCSD for 23 years and is a Sheriff’s Special Officer (SSO). This was his first fight for the charity of Battle of the Badges and plans to fight again in August. Espinosa fought against a 29 year-old Rudy "El Bandito" Cruz who represented the Orange County Fire Authority. The proceeds for this specific event went to Cops 4 Kids and Communities.
The Battle of the Badges is a fundraiser that is held a few times a year. The next scheduled even is for August 17th at the Pala Casino in San Diego. All proceeds from these events go to charity.
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