Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund
Established in 2006 in partnership with the Reading Royals hockey team, the Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund is supported by an annual Battle of the Badges hockey game between the Reading Fire Department and Reading Police Department. The benefit game is played in remembrance of two Reading policemen: Officer Michael H. Wise II and Officer Scott A. Wertz. Officer Wise was killed by accidental gunfire in June of 2004 when he was on call as an undercover officer. Officer Wertz was fatally wounded in the line of duty in August 2006 when he responded to the scene of a fight at a convenience store. In honor of the two men who not only fearlessly served their communities but were loving fathers as well, this scholarship is offered to children of active, retired, or deceased firemen or policemen.