Firefighters, police officers face off in 39th annual Pigs-N-Heat

It’s estimated about $14,000-$15,000 was raised.
Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 8:26 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - First responders skated at Lakeview Arena Wednesday, facing off in a charity hockey game.

Police officers and firefighters battled it out on the ice in Pigs-N-Heat. The Heat won 11-5 in a fun and spirited game. The tradition started in 1984, making this the 39th game. About 2,500 people attended.

Money raised from the event goes to the Marquette County Fire Relief Fund, which supports families who have lost their homes to fire. It’s estimated about $14,000-$15,000 was raised.

“If somebody gets burned out of their house, we’ll provide monetary relief for them for their first couple days to get back on their feet,” said Dan Pruner, Pigs-N-Heat organizer. “[We’ll provide] a hotel room if they need it for a couple nights just so they have a place to stay until they regroup and reorganize and get back on their feet.”

In its history, the Fire Relief Fund has raised nearly $500,000 for Marquette County families.