Baseball game to benefit injured Dayton Officer

Dayton Police Department Officer Byron Branch.

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Brick City Blast Baseball Team said Tuesday they are hosting their Second Annual Appreciation Game, “Battle for Branch” to raise money for a Dayton police officer who was injured on duty.

Officer Byron Branch was outside his cruiser at a crash in Dayton in December 2016 when another driver lost control on the icy conditions and struck him. Another Dayton Officer was present and is credited with saving his life.

READ MORE: Dayton Police release video of crash that injured officer

The baseball game will be held June 22 at Action Sports Center in Dayton.

Brick City Blast says the game will serve as a fundraiser to help Officer Branch and his family with medical and other expenses.

The group will sell ballpark meals for $5.00 and will be raffling baskets that evening. Free meals will be provided to any officer, firefighter and military member that attends the game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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