Members of the NYPD and FDNY share a common mission, as the police officers and firefighters who make up those two departments are united by a line of work that revolves around coming to the aid of people in New York City.
However, some of their members certainly have their fair share of differences.
That reality has repeatedly been manifested in the hockey game that has seen teams comprised of players hailing from the NYPD and FDNY face off on an annual basis since meeting on the ice for the first time all the way back in 1974.
That includes the matchup that devolved into chaos thanks to the massive line brawl that broke out when tempers flared at Nassau Coliseum in 2014.
On Sunday, the two sides headed to Long Island to face off for the 49th time. The FDNY headed into the tilt at UBS Arena with a 27-18-3 record, and the NYPD was not only looking to put a dent in the differential but secure its first win in the charity showdown since 2016.
The boys in blue ultimately came up short, as the FDNY pulled out to a 4-0 lead before the end of the first period and never really looked back en route to skating away with the 8-5 win.
The winning team put things away with the empty-net goal that was scored with around 40 seconds remaining in the third period, and it seemed like the remainder of the game had the potential to be fairly uneventful.
However, that was decidedly not the case thanks to the fight that broke out between FDNY firefighter John Peretta and NYPD cop James “Jimmy” Hall, which ended when the former hit the latter with a brutal knockout blow after the two men spent some time trading punches.
In case you didn’t know, they go HARD in the FDNY vs. NYPD charity game! 🥊
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— Hockey Recap (@hockeyrecapnews) April 16, 2023
That’s about as decisive as they come.