The Tennessee Police and Fire Games are held each year in Nashville Tennessee. The objective of the Tennessee Police and Fire Games is to encourage and promote a closer bond among members of federal, state, county and local police and firefighting agencies through athletic competition. Also, to improve community relations and encourage, promote and maintain a high standard of physical and mental well being of all participants who compete in these events. The Tennessee Police and Fire Games were established in 1980 in Nashville, TN. In order to be eligible to complete in the games, Law Enforcement officers must have completed an approved academy, and have at least three (3) months service (including training time) All firefighters must be full-time, certified firefighters or EMTs that work for a government agency The 2009 Police and Fire Games were held in Nashville, Tennessee May, 31st through June 5th 2009 and drew participants from all over the State of Tennessee.
For the second year in a row, Sgt. Tom McCormack represented The Johnson City Fire Department and The City of Johnson City, in the Road Race and Track and Field portions of the games. Sgt. McCormack's day started at 7:00am on May 31 at The Stones River Greenway where he won both the 5K and 10K road races. At 8:30am Tom competed in the Track and Field portion of the games which were held at The Nashville School of The Arts. He was the overall winner of the 200, 400, 800 and 1600 meter events. Sgt. McCormack accumulated enough points to receive the second place award for small department. Jackson Police Department won the division with 31 points followed by The Johnson City Fire Department.
Sgt.McCormack who is originally from Mullingar, Ireland came to the USA in 1973 to run Track and Cross Country at East Tennessee State University. In 1986 he won a bronze medal in the 5000 meters on the track at The World Police and Fire Games held in San Jose California. In 2008 he won five gold medals at The Tennessee Police and Fire Games.
Article submitted by Tom McCormack, June 21, 2009