By MARLO BARNHART
When the torch is lit at the World Police and Fire Games in Calgary, Alberta, next month, five Washington County men will be there for the competitions.
"I have never been to the world games before and I am really looking forward to it,'' said Rick Kemmerer, who will be competing the in the karate sparring and karate kata categories.
Sparring involves two people performing certain moves in a fight type scenario.
The karate kata competition is one person doing a series of compulsory moves, albeit in the competitor's own program.
Kemmerer is a sergeant at Roxbury Correctional Institution where he serves as training coordinator.
Dave Rizer, a correctional officer at RCI, is also going and will be competing in the boxing competition, Kemmerer said.
Also attending will be Hagerstown firefighter Vincent Dieterich, Smithsburg Police Officer Shawn Tyler and Officer Marty Weedon of the Hagerstown City Police.