More than 12,000 athletes from 70 or more countries will converge on Fairfax County, Virginia for one of the largest sporting events in the world.
A Huntsville police officer will be representing the Rocket City during the World Police & Fire Games.
“It promotes athleticism. It promotes camaraderie. It lets us celebrate who we are and what we do without having to be at a police memorial,” said Huntsville Police Officer Tesla Hughes.
The World Police & Fire Games held every two years in various countries around the world is only open to emergency service professionals. The event features more than 60 different competitions.
Huntsville will be represented by former Michigan State Swimmer and current Huntsville police officer Tesla Hughes who will only be doing the swimming events this year.
“I was shooting for the dodgeball but I couldn’t get enough to people to come. So I’m just going to be doing the swimming this go around,” said Hughes.
This will be Tesla’s second time competing in the World Police & Fire Games. She says it’s an amazing experience.
“You get the competitive level you want. You can either be elite, or you can just be starting and it’s fine. There’s somebody at every level, but it’s people with all these different experiences from all around the world,” said Hughes.
While there’s some stiff competition at the event, it’s not the most important part of the games.
“Police.. they see life given. They help the quality of life of others and they hopefully save many, many lives. But they also see lives taken and they also have the unfortunate task of taking a life if need be to save their life or lives of others. And I think in all that, we just forget to celebrate life and I think the World Police & Fire Games are a perfect outlet to do that,” said Hughes.
The World Police & Fire Games will take place June 25th through July 6th.
If you are a police officer or firefighter interested in competing in the games, you can email FOX54 at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about entering.