By Will Sanders
February 4, 2014
Registration has started for the Ohio Police and Fire Games, which will be held in Clermont County, June 8-13. The 2014 Games will be hosted by Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, and James Malloni has been named as overall coordinator, with Mary Gregory also assisting.
The purpose of the games is to support the physical and mental fitness of Ohio’s active and retired law enforcement, firefighter, and military personnel by offering a variety of events in which these participants can compete in an environment of good sport and camaraderie.
Proceeds generated from this week-long event are channeled to several charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and a charity of Clermont County’s choosing, among others.
This year marks the 37th consecutive year this Olympic-styled event will be held in Ohio. More than 40 events are offered to first responders who will come not only from Ohio, but also from across the United States and other countries as well.
Events including: various shooting competitions for hand guns and long guns, track and field events, K-9 competitions, softball, soccer, basketball, cycling, running events, swimming, jiu jitsu, traditional wrestling, weight lifting and more.
All first responders with skill levels ranging from rookie to expert are invited to participate in the games. The games will be free to watch and the public is invited to attend.
A complimentary program book will be available at the command post — Holiday Inn & Suites, Cincinnati Eastgate — as well as at some event venues.
Event details, the schedule of events, and information on eligibility, registration, lodging and sponsorship can be found at the official website, www.TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org. Silent auction and raffle items will be posted on the website. The event will once again be collecting aluminum pull tabs at the command post for the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House.
For more information, contact Joseph A. Mahan, president of the Ohio Police and Fire Games, at (937) 335-4336, or email mahan@TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org for additional information. James Malloni can be reached by email at overallcoord@TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org.