( KTRS ) The 30th annual Budweiser Guns ’N Hoses was held Wednesday night, and it began by honoring fallen and injured officers.
To open the event, the officer who was shot in the face twice, 46 yr old Sgt. Tom Lake, made a surprise appearance and received a standing ovation form the crowd. Sgt. Lake was ambushed Sunday while he sat in traffic.
The man believed to have shot him was killed in a shootout with police early Monday.
Elizabeth Snyder, the wife of fallen St. Louis County officer Blake Snyder, also made an appearance at the event. Paralyzed Ballwin officer Michael Flamion and his wife, Sarah, watched the bouts from a suite overlooking the ring. The event raises money for The Backstoppers Inc., which pays the debts of families of fallen first responders and gives donations to those who are injured in the line of duty.
This year’s event drew around 18,000 people. Proceeds from make up about a third of the organizations annual budget and have generated a total of about $5.5 million over the past 30 years.