WHAT: Battle of the Badges kickoff

WHO: Deputy Fire Commissioner Gary Loesch

Police Commissioner Richard J. Ross Jr.

John Birnhak, Vice President Weight Watchers Inc. of Philadelphia

Edward Marks, President of Local 22

John McNesby, President of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5

James Binns, Chairman of the Hero Thrill Show Inc.

WHEN: TUESDAY – April 3 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: City Hall

Conversation Hall (Room 201)

This event kicks off the 32nd annual weight-loss competition between the Police and Fire departments. Fire won the trophy last year and leads the series, 16-15. Weight Watchers sponsors the 13-week contest and donates $10,000 in the name of the winning department to the Hero Thrill Show, which provides scholarships for children of Philadelphia firefighters and police officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. To date, Weight Watchers has donated $267,500 for scholarships.