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Twins Lily and Ava pose with Goffstown police officer Nick Roussel, who was buddied up with them for the CHaD Battle of the Badges baseball game set for next week. (Courtesy)

Goffstown PD readying for CHaD baseball benefit next week

GOFFSTOWN — Members of the Goffstown Police Department got their fill of burgers, hot dogs, potato and pasta salad Wednesday at a luncheon meant as a pre-celebration of next week’s CHaD Battle of the Badges baseball game.

The 7th annual game will be held Aug. 11 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. The event raises money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Police officers and firefighters from around the state play against each other in a capstone to months of fundraising for CHaD. The players are paired with local children who are being treated at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Goffstown police officer Nick Roussel was paired with twins Lily and Ava Burke, two Goffstown girls born prematurely who still receive some treatment from CHaD.

He said with a baby of his own on the way, learning the girls’ story and supporting them has been a rewarding experience.

“They’ve made an impact on my life already,” he said. “...Hopefully we can stay paired.”

This is Roussel's second year playing in the baseball game.

Hooksett police officer Travis Mannon is also buddied up with the Burke twins; their father, Matt Burke, is a sergeant with Hooksett police.

Since 2010, the game has been held each summer to raise money for CHaD. The pediatric hospital of Dartmouth-Hitchcock offers advanced care for its young patients.

With just over a week left, over $55,000 has been raised. Donations can be made online at

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