LANCASTER — This year’s Police and Fire Games will be held in Lancaster during the week of June 12-17, and are being hosted by Sheriff Dave Phalen and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Jesse Hendershot will serve as the Overall Coordinator, assisted by Dep. Jeff Reed. Officers from the Sheriff’s Office, along with a few community volunteers from the area, will serve as individual event coordinators.
The purpose of these games is to support the physical and mental fitness of Ohio’s active and retired law enforcement, firefighter, and military personnel by offering a variety of events in which these participants can compete in an environment of good sport and camaraderie. 2016 marks the 39th consecutive year an Olympic-style event will be held in Ohio.
All first responders from the fields of law enforcement, firefighting, and the military – whose skill levels may range from rookie to expert – are invited to participate in the Games. Competitors will come from all over the State of Ohio to participate, as well as from other states and countries.
This year, about 40 events are being offered for participants that include K-9 Competitions, Rugby, Softball, Basketball, various Pistol and Rifle events, Darts, Golf, Track and Field events, Cycling and running events, Swimming, Jiu Jitsu, Weight Lifting, and more. Fairfield County is introducing new events this year: a Bagpipe Competition, Dodgeball and a Fitness Challenge, and are bringing back Horseshoe Pitching.
Friends and families are encouraged to attend to support their favorite athletes as most activities are open to the public to watch free of charge. A complimentary program book will be available at the Command Post and Host Hotel – The Hampton Inn, Lancaster – where Silent Auction items will be on display as well.
Proceeds from the annual Silent Auction are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Aluminum pull tabs will be collected at the Command Post as part of a friendly competition, and donated to the Ronald McDonald House (Columbus this year). Additionally, a percentage of the proceeds from the Games will benefit the selected charity of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, The Cordle Cares Foundation.
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is planning a celebration to coincide with the Opening Ceremonies for the Games on Sunday, June 12. This event is open to the public, with no charge for admission.
Details can be found at the Games’ website: www.TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org, along with a complete listing of the events being offered, event details, the schedule of events, and information on eligibility, registration, lodging and sponsorship.
Contact Joseph A. Mahan, president of The Ohio Police and Fire Games, for additional information by email at mahan@TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org, or by phone at (937) 335-4336.
Sgt. Jesse Hendershot, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and Overall Coordinator for 2016, can be reached by email at overallcoord@TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org, or by phone at (740) 652-7902.
Join us in Fairfield County this June and have some serious, competitive fun ― you deserve it!