Firefighters, TerrorZ raise $1,300 for Firemen’s Cheer Fund in roller derby match

What the Columbus area firefighters lacked in roller derby points on the skating floor was made up in their popularity in taking on the TerrorZ team to benefit the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund.

The 12-member firefighters team was close, but still behind at the end of the roller derby match Sunday at Columbus Skateland.

The TerrorZ team had 96 points from skating action during the match compared to the firefighters’ 93 points, said Columbus firefighter Ben Noblitt, who helped organize the annual event.

But when fans were asked to throw a $1 in a boot with each buck counting as a point, the firefighters prevailed, 209 to 136 over the TerrorZ.

In all, the Skates and Ladders fundraiser raised about $1,300 from the $5 admission charges, a raffle and the boot fill for extra points, Noblitt said.

It’s the second year in a row the firefighters have valiantly attempted to win on their skates, but instead found victory in the fill-the-boot effort.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.