The annual Cowley County Battle of the Badges will take place Aug. 20.


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

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

Past years have seen the departments square off in football, basketball and softball. This year, first responders will square off in a basketball battle.

The 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.

Concessions and T-shirts will be available for sale during the event.

In addition, area businesses will donate door prizes.

In years past, the Battle of the Badges proceeds were given to the Shannon Seaton Memorial Foundation, but this year, event organizers have chosen one of their own as the recipient.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Mark McCaslin Relief Fund.

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 was able to reach a milestone this week — riding a bicycle without support.