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Des Moines area firefighters and police officers will be battling it out this weekend and they are taking on other Midwest departments too.

“The Bucs are out of town so there is little hockey. There’s no hockey when the Bucs are out of town, so we’d love to have you come out and cheer us on,” urged event coordinator and Johnston police detective, Travis Hamilton

This weekend is the first Guns n Hoses hockey tournament.

Usually, Des Moines police and firefighters play against each other but this year it is expanding.

Other firefighters and officers from the Quad Cities, St. Louis, Omaha, Chicago and Nashville will take on the Des Moines teams.

This year, the Guns n Hoses tournament and game will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.

Detective Travis Hamilton picked the organization for a good reason. Hamilton donated a kidney, to his young son Trae, who had cancer.

The family received a trip to Disneyworld through Make a Wish.

Last year, the March Guns n Hoses game raised $22-thousand for the Children’s Cancer Connection which also helped Trae during his chemotherapy.

It all starts with this weekend’s tournament.

The event is this Friday and Saturday.

Most games are at Buccaneers arena with three being held at Metro Ice Sports.

Tickets are just $5.