Firefighter Robert Yarborough was with his family, still in a wheelchair, at the "Guns & Hoses" charity hockey game at Memorial City Mall.
Yarborough said he's got a long way to go as doctors are deciding what to do about his knees, left foot, and a broken bone.
But the match-up is more about compassion than competition.
"Being an officer, we see these guys on the street every night, which is another reason they help take care of us, so we're going to do this," said Don Egdorf with the HPD "Houston Enforcers" hockey team.
The hockey match is to raise money for the four Houston firefighters who died in the motel fire in May.
"It's not about the hockey, because that's not our number one sport here. It's about people that support us everyday and it's our turn to support them," said supporter Kristen Jurek.
"I know Matt loves sports and so did Robert," said Captain Greg Leonard with HFD "Houston Fire" hockey team. "I hope they're up there watching us today and I hope they're enjoying themselves, because I know they're in a better place".
Along with the charity hockey game was also a silent auction to help raise money.