Aurora, Elgin chiefs to fight for charity
Beacon-News Staff October 7, 2013 4:26PM
A number of celebrity boxing matches, including one between the police chiefs of Aurora and Elgin, will be held along with a number of amateur fights at an Oct. 27 event in Aurora to benefit the National Latino Peace Officers Association. | Submitted
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:16AM
The police chiefs of Aurora and Elgin will be duking it out for a good cause later this month.
On Oct. 27, a number of local police officials, attorneys and others will be strapping on a pair of gloves and participating in exhibition boxing matches to raise money for the National Latino Peace Officers Association Aurora Chapter Scholarship Fund.
Stepping into the square ring will be Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas in a match against Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda; Aurora Police Investigations Cmdr. Kristen Ziman and Elgin Investigations Cmdr. Ana Lalley; Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez squaring off against Oswego Police Chief and Kendall County Sheriff candidate Dwight Baird; Aurora Police Officer Pete Rodriguez and Kane County Security Officer Stephan Scott; and defense attorney and Aurora Alderman Richard Irvin against Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Bederka.
The exhibition matches will take place at 5 p.m., at LaSierra De Aurora, 2121 E. New York St., Aurora. They will culminate an afternoon of boxing that begins at 2:30 p.m., with a card of 15 amateur bouts featuring boxers of all ages.
The amateur matches are sanctioned by the USA Boxing Association and Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club, which is run by retired Aurora police officer and former professional boxer Jesse “The Law” Torres.
The National Latino Peace Officers Association is the largest Latino Law Enforcement Organization in the United States, with local chapters in many cities throughout the country. Its membership includes chiefs of police, sheriffs, police officers, parole agents and federal officers.
The NLPOA Aurora Chapter is the first local chapter in Illinois. One of the chapter’s goals is to recruit Latinos into the law enforcement profession and to educate the Latino community about law enforcement activities, organizers of the event said.
For more information on the event and the NLPOA, contact Aurora Police Sgt. Alfredo Dean at 630-816-6522 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.