Battle of the Badges Softball Game on Sunday to Honor the Late-Dave Aggson of Concordia

Battle of the Badges Softball Game on Sunday to Honor the Late-Dave Aggson of Concordia

This weekend, the public is invited to watch local law enforcement compete against local firefighters and paramedics in an annual softball game.

On Sunday, August 16th at 2 pm, the Concordia Fire Department will face off with area law enforcement personnel, including members of the Concordia Police Department, Cloud County Sheriff's Department, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kansas Highway Patrol, in a Battle of the Badges softball game at the Concordia Sports Complex.

Firefighter and paramedic Levi Whitley says the annual Battle of the Badges game makes for an exciting and enjoyable display of good-natured socializing between law enforcement personnel and local firefighters and paramedics.

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This year's game will be played in memory of former Technical Trooper Dave Aggson of Concordia, who passed away April 9, 2020 at the age of 71.

Aggson was a graduate of Larned High School in Larned, Kansas.  He studied history and journalism at the University of Kansas before he was drafted into the U.S. Army.  Aggson served the military from 1971 to 1973 and last held the rank of sergeant with the military police.

Aggson joined the Kansas Highway Patrol on September 18, 1974 as a trooper performing road patrol duties in the Beloit area and transferred to Concordia a year later.  He joined the Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) in 1991 and was promoted to master trooper in MCSAP in 1992.  In 2003, he became a technical trooper and continued his duties in MCSAP.  Aggson worked in MCSAP until his retirement on March 10, 2006. 

As a member of the Patrol, he was a field training officer for trooper trainees in 1978, 1985, 1988 and 1989.  He also was a retirement/flower fund representative for Troop C in North Central Kansas and MCSAP.

Dave was a past member of the Concordia Optimist Club, a lifetime member of the Concordia American Legion with the office of Sergeant at Arms, and a career-long member of the Kansas Peace Officers' Association.  He enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball, coaching Pee-Wee baseball and was an avid KU Basketball and Kansas City Royals fan.

John Primeaux with the Concordia Police Department said they're pleased to play this year's game in his honor.

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All community members are invited to show support for their favorite first responders at this year's game.