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Posted on: August 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Allen is host and competitor at annual Guns & Hoses boxing match

Firefighter Derek Cook posed wearing boxing gloves in fighting stance near an Allen fire truck

Allen Event Center welcomes area firefighters and police officers for the 20th Annual Guns & Hoses Boxing Tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Purchase tickets at

Firefighter-Paramedic Derek Cook represents Allen Fire Department (AFD) in this year’s tournament. Derek, an Allen native, started his Fire/EMS career at age 19. He joined AFD in September 2017 and competed at Guns & Hoses for the first time in 2019.

“It’s truly an awesome event, especially when you're in it,” said Derek. “The crowd it draws really intensifies the atmosphere.”

“The coolest thing for me is being able to represent my department and fight in the town where I grew up. It adds a little pressure, but it’s totally worth it. People don't realize how hard the fighters train for just 3 minutes in the ring. Our team this year has a lot of talent, and we plan on putting on a show.”

About Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas
Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance to the families of fallen police officers and firefighters lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also contributes to children’s charities supported by local police and fire departments.

VIDEO: 20th Annual Guns & Hoses Boxing Tournament

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