BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - They're typically known for protecting our streets, fighting fires and keeping Biloxi safe. But Thursday night, members of the Biloxi police and fire departments took on a different challenge: a burger eating contest. It was firefighters versus police officers.
At first glance, it seemed like a messy competition, topped off with a little ketchup and mustard. But, it had a noble beginning.
"Actually there are two charities involved. The fire department chose JMS Burn Center up in Brandon, Mississippi to make the donation if they win, and the police department chose the Gulf Coast Women's Center for non-violence," said Hard Rock Cafe Marketing Manager Katy Waugh.
Side by side, three versus three, with 45 burgers on each table. They had three minutes to consume as much as possible.
"We want to be part of the community. We want to get involved and this was a great opportunity to do so," said Fire Chief Mark Drone.
He didn't make the cut to compete, but had confidence in his men.
"We eat a lot of burgers, they [police officers] eat a lot of doughnuts. We think we can take them," said Chief Dronet.
"Obviously, the police department is superior in every way. I mean, the fire department is good to go. We have a good camaraderie here, but we're going to win," Sergeant Aric Latschar said.
"I think I'm going to smoosh mine down flat and stuff it in there and just swallow them down," said firefighter John Parker.
In the end, there was a victor.
"Police department, 15 burgers. Fire department, 19 burgers," said Waugh, announcing the winner.
Giving the fire department bragging rights until next year.
In the end, the charities were the real winners. The Hard Rock Cafe donated the same amount to both the burn center and Gulf Coast Women's Center for Non-Violence.