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

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

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Battalion Chief Ryan Pitchers gained two silver medals in large-bore rifle capturing. Captain Dave Maki gained silver in pole vault and sixth in 100-metre run. Kyrianne Mills gained 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 international locations to compete in additional than 60 sports activities.

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

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

“It was loads of enjoyable and really effectively carried out,” stated Pitchers in an interview. “Everyone did very well. It was a really, very, superb displaying for our first video games.”

Maki final competed in a hearth video games in 2002 and didn’t know the way effectively he would do in Winnipeg. He’s additionally glad along with his efficiency. Assembly colleagues from world wide was additionally an fascinating expertise, he stated. His pole vault class had athletes from international locations 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,” stated Maki. “Aggressive, too. But additionally cheerful and enjoyable.”

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

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