World Police and Fire Games head to New York City
First responders are often revered for their bravery, but their athletic prowess should not be overlooked. Those skills will be put to the test in New York City in several weeks when it hosts the World Police and Fire Games.
Washington, D.C.-based WTOP reports that around 18,000 competitors from 70 different countries will flock to the Big Apple for the event including Dennis Short and Jason Wehmeyer, who work for the Alexandria, Virginia, fire department.
The pair will be participating in the bike racing events at the games. It's no surprise that Short will be there, as he founded the Capital Region Fire and Police Cycling team. Wehmeyer says that any kind of cycling can prepare both police and firefighters for their hectic job.
"With cycling, especially with mountain biking, there are direct and immediate consequences for either making the wrong decision or inaction, and that kind of parallels with our jobs," he told the news source.
The World Police and Fire Games are slated to begin August 26 and run through September 5, and will feature everything from Archery to Taekwondo.