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Fort McMurray firefighters win medals, sturdy showings from World Police and Firefighter Video games

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5 Fort McMurray firefighters have returned residence with medals and powerful showings from the 2023 World Police and Firefighter Video games in Winnipeg.

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Battalion Chief Ryan Pitchers received two silver medals in large-bore rifle taking pictures. Captain Dave Maki received silver in pole vault and sixth in 100-metre run. Kyrianne Mills received two bronze medals in bowling. Captain Mark Howdle completed fourth in golf. Senior Firefighter Jordon Corridor had two fourth place finishes, two fifth place finishes and a sixth place end in several swimming occasions.

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From July 28 to August 6, the 5 athletes competed alongside greater than 8,500 different athletes representing firefighting, regulation enforcement and policing. Members got here from greater than 50 nations to compete in additional than 60 sports activities.

Pitchers mentioned he was shocked at how properly he shot. He had solely shot in a single different taking pictures competitors hosted by the Fort McMurray Legion on the Fort McMurray Fish and Recreation Affiliation. Pitchers—who additionally served as an infantry soldier with third Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Mild Infantry (3 PPCLI)—was hooked on the expertise and wished to enter extra competitions.

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When a signup for the video games had been introduced, Pitchers jumped on the probability to shoot competitively alongside his friends.

“It was lots of enjoyable and really properly executed,” mentioned Pitchers in an interview. “Everyone did very well. It was a really, very, excellent exhibiting for our first video games.”

Maki final competed in a hearth video games in 2002 and didn’t know the way properly he would do in Winnipeg. He’s additionally pleased along with his efficiency. Assembly colleagues from world wide was additionally an fascinating expertise, he mentioned. His pole vault class had athletes from nations like Malaysia, the U.S., India. The gold-medal winner in his pole vault occasion was a former Olympian for Greece.

“It was a fairly good group of men and everyone was fairly like-minded,” mentioned Maki. “Aggressive, too. But additionally cheerful and enjoyable.”

The following video games are in Birmingham, Alabama in 2025. Regional Emergency Providers (RES) is hoping to place collectively a bigger crew for the occasion. The municipality was not requested for help forward of the Winnipeg video games. Nevertheless, that may change if sufficient firefighters join the 2025 crew.

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