Ames and ISU Police and Fire Service Personnel Bring Home the Gold
Monday, July 30, 2012
Local law enforcement and fire service personnel took part in a test of physical fitness and competitive camaraderie during the 2012 Can-Am Police-Fire Games in St. Cloud, Minnesota from June 24 to July 1, 2012.
Twelve officers from the Ames Police Department, ISU Police Department and Iowa State Patrol competed in the 2012 Can-Am Police-Fire Games, winning 19 medals in nine divisions.
Competitors from the Ames Police Department included Eric Snyder, Nate Rivera and John Barney. Competitors from the ISU Police Department included Jason Rieder, Darin Van Ryswyk, Ryan Meenagh, Emory Ochoa and Doug Hicks. Luke Valenta from Iowa State Patrol also participated. The officers earned several medals in the SWAT Challenge, Police Action Pistol and the Police Pistol Competition events.
Several Ames firefighters also competed in the 2012 Can-Am Police-Fire Games, including Doug Neys, Chad Bundy, Tom Goeders and Dustyn Turner. They earned a gold medal in bowling and silver medals in off-road mountain biking and hockey.
The teams were sponsored by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Bureau hopes to bid on bringing the Can-Am Police-Fire Games to Ames in the future.
The Can-Am Police-Fire Games promote health, strength and fellowship among and between law enforcement and fire service personnel and agencies. Held every two years, the Games have been hosted in cities across the United States and Canada. The weeklong event hosts approximately 55 sports and showcases the talents of officers from 32 different emergency and protective service agencies. The spouses of eligible competitors are also allowed to compete in the Can-Am Police-Fire Games.
Originally started as the Northwest Police-Fire Games in 1977, the organization hosted an annual multi-sport event for police officers and firefighters throughout Washington, Oregon and Western Canada. As participation increased, the Games outgrew the Northwest region and in 1996, became the Can-Am Police-Fire Games in order to serve all of North America.
For more information about the 2012 Can-Am Police-Fire Games, visit www.canampolicefiregames.org.
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