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Local cops win medals

August 19, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Now 45, Marty Weedon wasn't planning to enter this year's International Law Enforcement Games in Canada.

But he did - to honor a friend and former student who died a year ago.

Perhaps it was that strength of spirit, as well as body, that led Weedon to win two gold medals this year - one in black belt heavyweight open sparring and the second in black belt open karate kata.

Sparring involves two people performing certain moves in a fight-like scenario. The karate kata competition is one person doing a series of compulsory moves in the competitor's own program.

"I entered to honor Ryan 'Zip Zip' Zimmerman, who was one of my black belt students," Weedon said.

Zimmerman, 27, was thrown from his motorcycle while doing a wheelie and then was hit by a car in Frederick, Md. He died Sept. 4, 2001.

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No stranger to these competitions, Weedon has competed in Canada twice, Australia once and several times in the United States.

This year's games were Aug. 4 to 9 in Ottawa and included 350 events in 55 sports.

Weedon won gold in 1993 in Colorado, silver in 1995, a bronze in 1997 and another gold last year in Indianapolis.

The son of Edward Weedon and Mary Carroll, both of Frederick, Weedon is a graduate of Frederick High School.

With Hagerstown City Police for 91/2 years, Weedon has been a Maryland State Police trooper for the past five years and is now stationed in Frederick. He is married and has a 4-year-old daughter.

Weedon wasn't alone in competing this year, nor was he the only area officer doing well at this year's games.

Sgt. Jim Hurd, a 10-year veteran with the Hagerstown City Police, competed in the international games for the first time this year. Hurd took the gold medal in the 181-pound weight class in wrestling.

"I've wrestled since grade school," said Hurd, 28, a graduate of Smithsburg High School.

Hurd credited Weedon with helping him do well in the competition.

"Marty is my mentor," Hurd said.

The son of Jim and Jane Hurd of Hagerstown, Hurd is married with children, including a 6-year-old son who is also involved in wrestling.

The event was Hurd's first venture outside the United States. He said he enjoyed the trip as well as the competition.

Hurd's event was early in the competition but he stayed through the week to support his fellow officer, Patrolman Bradley Helman, who drove to Canada with him for the meet.

Helman earned bronze medals in both men's tennis and the 1,600-meter run.

"I was on the track team at North Hagerstown High School," said Helman.

Now 30, Helman has been with the police department for nine years.

Engaged, Helman is the son of Melvin and Dorothy Helman of Hagerstown.

"Marty gave Jim and I a lot of information about the games," Helman said. "We all just had a marvelous time."

All three men traveled to the games at their own expense.

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