Several LaGrange firefighters participated in this year’s Georgia Police and Fire Olympics and setting state records along the way.
The 2014 games were hosted in Carrollton by the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department June 16 and June 19. Games consisted of toughest firefighter, a fitness competition, a fishing contest and a golf tournament.
Firefighters Mike Foster and Bill Brazell competed in the fitness competition where they were required to perform five consecutive high intensity workout routines. Foster, who owns the Crossfit LaGrange gym, took first place and Brazell landed 5th.
In the toughest firefighter competition, firefighter Drew McNeil along with Foster and Brazell competed in their respective age groups. McNeil earned the gold medal in the 18-24 age group, Brazell took silver in the 25-29 age group and Foster placed second earning the silver medal as well in the 30-34 age group.
The fire department has a history of setting records at the games, and this year was no different.
A state record was set by LaGrange in the Bass Tournament when firefighters Jake Scott and Caleb Harrison weighed in with the limit of five fish that for a collective 20 pounds earning the gold medal in the tournament as well as the big fish prize weighing in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces., which set a new state record at the games. In addition to the medal, the team also was awarded $100 for placing first and $50 for their big fish catch.
Two LaGrange teams participated in the golf tournament, but it was the four-man team of Harrison, Scott, Charles Mallory and Rodney Gosdin who set the new state record with a score of 56, beating last year’s score of 58. The second team consisted of Alex Aleman, Gary Atkins, Rob Vael and Brent Williams.
The LaGrange Fire Department has been playing in the Olympic games for many years and hold state records going back to the late nineties and early 2000’s according to Harrison.
The Olympic games began in Carrollton in 1984 and invite police and fire agencies from all over the state including Columbus, Atlanta, Savannah who all competed in this year’s game as well.
“We’re proud of the guys that medaled and it feels good to have somebody from LaGrange to represent on the state level,” Harrison said. “We hope we can continue to do it for years to come. We’d like to put LaGrange’s name out there.”