Local competitors bring home nine medals at World Games in Vancouver

Red Deer firefighters and an Alberta sheriff won a total of nine medals at the recently concluded World Police and Fire Games in the Vancouver area.

Red Deer firefighters and an Alberta sheriff won a total of nine medals at the recently concluded World Police and Fire Games in the Vancouver area.

The husband-and-wife combination of Bernie and Duane Fuss lifted their way to three gold medals at the games, which attracted almost 11,000 competitors from around the world.

Bernie Fuss, a Michener Centre firefighter, captured two power lifting golds while her sheriff husband collected one.

Both set games records in bringing home the hardware.

Travis Pereira, a Calgary RCMP officer and former Red Deer resident, won a silver medal in power lifting in his age class.

Red Deer Emergency Services Platoon Chief Peter Barron won two mountain gold medals in his age class events held at Whistler.

Several other emergency services officers attended the games, which are held every two years.

Bernie Walker won a gold medal in arm wrestling.

Walker did it the hard way, losing his first-round bout. He was then forced to work his way through the first-round loser’s bracket to reach the final, where he defeated a Czech Republic competitor, said Barron, who captained the team.

Doug McCrea won a gold medal in the dual slalom downhill mountain bike event and a bronze in another mountain bike event.

Damian Lagrange won a bronze medal in archery .

Clare Kinney placed fourth in women’s target shooting.

Glen Carritt finished out of the medals in water skiing, as did Keith Glover in golf.

Luc Tweedale competed in the laser sailing event while Steve Barahona and Dave Bain both competed in the ultimate firefighter event.

Doug Robertson competed in the Grouse Grind uphill mountain run on Grouse Mountain while Brad Hilker-Readman completed his 20-km road cycling race despite suffering a broken shoulder during a spill.

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