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Two Solano staff take first place at US Police and Fire Championships

first place medals and two prison staff members.
Correctional Counselor Jeffery Hurd, left, and Correctional Officer David Garcia won first-place medals at the Police and Fire Championships.

Solano correctional counselor, officer earn first place

When it comes to shooting hoops, two CSP-Solano staff members slam-dunked a first-place win at the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

Held in San Diego from June 10-19, Correctional Counselor Jeffery Hurd and Correctional Officer David Garcia took first place in 3-on-3 men’s basketball.

The next United States Police and Fire Championships have been tentatively set for June 11-18, 2022.

History of the Police and Fire Championships

(Information provided by the organization’s website.)

The first California Police Olympics were held in San Diego in 1967. Founded by San Diego Police Lt. Veon “Duke” Nyhus, he recognized the need to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among members of the law enforcement community.

The name of the original games has changed several times throughout the years. From 1967 through 1989, it was known as the California Police Olympics. In 1990, the name changed to the California Police Summer Games. The inclusion of firefighters in 2000 prompted the name change to the California Police and Fire Games.

In 2005, several western states joined the competition, changing the name to the Western States Police and Fire Games. Since 2012, the games have been known as the United States Police and Fire Championships.

The Olympic-style competitions feature athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs. They come from across the country. Athletes compete in 50 different sports in 35 venues throughout San Diego County.

Learn more about the championships on their website.

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