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Friday, July 15, 2011

CAL FIRE Firefighter Fights for Kids

He's a runner, he's a boxer and he's a firefighter II/paramedic for CAL FIRE. Steve Leverette works at station 543 in the City of Highland and that's where this story begins. During business inspections back in March, the engine crew from station 543 paid a visit to a local gym. The firefighters discovered that the gym was a none-profit organization "Highland Boxing".

From that visit, Leverette ran in the Los Angeles Marathon representing the gym for Charity. As a result of that involvement, the gym trained Steve for three months in preparation for a charity boxing event called Battle of the Badges 2011. The training was conducted by Tony and Sunny Cifuentes. The event was held at the Casino Morongo Spa and Resort and was sponsored by "Cops 4 Kids" which is a non-profit organization dedicated to getting kids off the streets. The event was sold out!

The boxing matches involved law enforcement officers and firefighters. Leverette answered the bell in championship fashion. His bout was stopped in the second round as he won with a TKO. For you none boxing fans that means Technical Knockout.

Firefighter II/Paramedic Leverette is to be congratulated not only for his boxing prowess, but for his desire to get involved and help to protect the community he serves on duty and off.