Door prizes for the annual Cowley County Battle of the Badges event have been announced.

ACPD logoThe event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cowley College’s W.S. Scott Auditorium, located at 200 W. Fifth Ave. in Arkansas City.

The basketball game will begin at 5 p.m. Adult admission is $5 and student admission is $3. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free.

Everyone in attendance will be eligible to win the door prizes.

Among the items available to win are passes to Anytime Fitness and a multitude of gift certificates to local restaurants.

There also are four children’s bicycles up for grabs — two for girls and two for boys. They were donated by Spoke ‘N Things and KanPak.

The Battle of the Badges is a charity event that pits firefighting and emergency medical service personnel against law enforcement officers in sporting events.

This year, first responders will square off in a basketball battle.

Concessions and T-shirts will be available for sale during the event. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Mark McCaslin Relief Fund.FIRE-EMS

McCaslin, a captain with the Arkansas City Police Department, was diagnosed with Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia (OMA) Syndrome in June.

OMA generally is found in children who have small-cell lung cancer. It only affects around 1 in 1 million people.

In some cases, the cancer is too far advanced once it is discovered. But McCaslin has been checked for cancer and has none.

The syndrome presented with muscle tremors and nausea, which put McCaslin in a hospital bed for nearly four weeks.

After completing three weeks of intensive physical therapy to reteach his muscles to respond to commands from his brain, he was able to leave a Wichita rehabilitation facility and go home. McCaslin’s recovery is ongoing, but he is back at work now on a part-time basis.