Local men win top spots in World Police and Fire Games

July 20, 1997


Staff Writer

Several local men recently returned from the World Police and Fire Games in Calgary, Alberta, with some "heavy metal.''

Hagerstown firefighter Vincent Dieterich took a silver medal in karate.

Smithsburg Police Officer Shawn Tyler won a gold medal in the IBO 28 target archery 3-D competition with a score of 286; and a bronze medal in the target archery field competition with a score of 548 out of a possible 560.

Tyler also scored as one of only six competitors who broke the previous record for the Olympic 900 round.

A two-time bronze medalist in 1991, Tyler said he was able to bring back the gold this year thanks to donations from the Smithsburg Lions Club, Brian and Milt Lawyer of Smithsburg Auto, and Ric and Debbie Campbell and family.


Officer Marty Weedon of the Hagerstown City Police took a bronze in the heavyweight karate competition.

"I'm slipping in my old age,'' Weeden said with a smile. He said he was one point shy of winning the gold in his category.

Nonetheless, he said he had a great time competing in the events.

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

Rick Kemmerer, a sergeant at Roxbury Correctional Institution, won a sixth place in the karate sparring and fifth place in the semifinals of the karate kata category.

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, who serves as training coordinator at RCI, said now he knows what the international judges are looking for in these competitions.

"I'll be ready for them in 1999 when the games are held in Stockholm, Sweden,'' Kemmerer said.

Dave Rizer, a correctional officer at RCI, competed in the boxing competition. Rizer took a fourth place in his category.

The World Police and Fire Games, which drew 9,000 competitors, got under way June 28 and ran for a week.

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

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