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Local officers headed to world games

May 24, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

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.

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In recent years, Weedon has won and placed high in a number of national and international competitions.

No stranger to competition himself, Kemmerer said he has never vied for prizes on this scale before.

The World Police and Fire Games get under way June 28 and run for an entire week, coming to a close on July 4, Kemmerer said.

There is a torch lighting, an opening ceremony like the Olympics and many categories that are similar to the Olympics.

"It's not all just police and fire type events," Kemmerer said. But there are a number of events such as SWAT team performance which are obviously geared to the vocation.

"But I know there are going to be things like bowling and horseback riding," Kemmerer said.

There are team competitions as well as individual events, he said.

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