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Two of Central Fire Protection District’s finest brought home the gold (and silver, and bronze) when they competed at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games on August 7th-16th in Los Angeles, CA. The World Police and Fire Games brings together firefighter and police athletes from over 70 countries to compete in 60-plus events ranging from Archery to Wrestling.
Rob Martone, a firefighter-paramedic at Central Fire with eleven years of service to the District, raced in seven cycling events during the Games. He earned a bronze medal in the 32-mile road race, a bronze medal in the 400-meter sprint, a silver medal in the cyclocross race, and a gold medal in the mountain bike race. Out of 230 athletes participating in cycling events during the Games, he was one of only four athletes to race in all seven events. When asked about his favorite experiences at the Games, Martone said that he felt deeply honored that during the mountain bike race he was able to wear the 118 badge number of Santa Cruz City Firefighter Clayton Ogden. Ogden recently passed away after battling metastatic brain, bone, and stomach cancer.
Don Owens, a firefighter with twenty-nine years of service to the District, competed as part of the Nor Cal Fire Combo softball team made up of firefighters from departments around northern California. They took home the gold medal in the Men’s 45+ Division.
Upon hearing of Martone and Owens’s accomplishments, Central Fire Chief Steven Hall said “I am very proud of the accomplishments of both Firefighter-Paramedic Martone and Firefighter Owens during the 2017 World Police and Fire Games. Their drive, determination, and spirit of comradery during the games reflects the can-do attitude each delivers on a day-to-day operational basis. I want to thank them both for representing not only California’s fire service, but for representing Central Fire District with the upmost professionalism and esprit-de-corps.”
The world Police and Fire Games are held every other year at venues across the globe. Chengdu, China is slated to host the 2019 Games, while the 2021 Games will be hosted by the Netherlands. For more information on the World Police and Fire Games, you can visit: www.LA17WPFG.com or their Facebook page: World Police and Fire Games.
Firefighter Rob Martone shares the mountain bike podium with athletes from Portugal and Ecuador.
Firefighter Don Owens and the gold medal winning Men's 45+ Division Nor Cal Fire Combo Softball Team.
Firefighter Rob Martone honored late Santa Cruz City firefighter Clayton Ogden by wearing his badge number during the mountain bike race.
Chief Hall admires Firefighter Rob Martone’s cycling medals.