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Falcons Host Inaugural Battle of the Badges Event


Atlanta opens their 2016 season at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 11, marking the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In commemoration of the tragic day, the Falcons hosted a special event for the City of Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in appreciation of their service to the community.

Police officers and firefighters joined Falcons players for an abundance of friendly competitions, ranging from a push up contest to a marshmallow eating challenge.

"We thought it was a great opportunity and we thought it was very kind of the Atlanta Falcons to honor our fire and police departments and all of the people who serve and help people every day," Chata M. Spikes, Deputy Director of Public Affairs of the Atlanta Police Department, said at the Inaugural Battle of the Badges event.

One couldn't help but notice the gleaming smiles that shined as the police officers and firefighters took the field at the Falcons' indoor practice facility.

"Everyone is geared up for football season. Having the hometown team supporting us is a big deal for us," said 6-year police office Joshua Walker.

Offensive lineman Ben Garland, who currently serves as a captain in the Air National Guard, might have been the most excited person in the building.

"I think it's so important because these guys give so much back to the community," Garland said. "They just do so much for us, so I just wanted to come here in and show support. A lot of guys [were] balling out and competing, and that's what we are all about, too."

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