Law enforcement joining firemen to help ailing firefighter

LOGAN — A local gym is encouraging some friendly competition between law enforcement and firefighters, in an effort to raise money for a fireman who is battling lung cancer.

Firefighters and police officers met at Kubex Fitness Wednesday afternoon, to begin the “Band of Badges” charity fitness event for Travis Peterson. The fundraiser was organized by Joaby Parker who works at the gym and grew up with Peterson.

“From today through the end of the week, anybody within those departments can come and they mark whether or not they are an employee,” said Parker. “They get a point for each workout that they do at Kubex, towards their team.

“We’re also opening it up to the entire community so they can come and help those teams win. So there is no charge to come workout at Kubex between now and Saturday and they can just mark which team that they are doing their workout for.”

A trophy will be awarded to the winning group at the end of the fundraiser and the money collected will be given to Peterson’s family.

Logan City Fire Marshal Craig Humphreys has spent his career working with Travis Peterson and his father, Fire Chief Jeff Peterson. He said this is especially hard for the family and the fire department.

“This is a rather tough situation but we are grateful for the support,” said Humphreys. “Inside the fire service and law enforcement, we all consider ourselves as one big family. So when times are hard for one of us, it’s hard for all of us.

“We are grateful for the community to come together, to do what we can, to help the Peterson family out and we just appreciate all the help.”

Travis is the assistant chief of the Cache County Fire District. He was diagnosed with cancer during the winter.

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