Police and Fire Employees Represent Long Beach in World Police & Fire Games
2011-08-26 · By Editor
Five members of the Long Beach Police Department and five members of the Fire Department will be competing in the 2011 World Police & Fire Games, held in New York City from Friday, August 26 until Monday September 5, 2011. Surpassed only by the Summer Olympic Games, this event is the second largest multi-sport event in the world, and over 15,000 police officers and firefighters representing over 70 countries will compete at this year’s Games.
The event promotes physical fitness and camaraderie among the professions, and all proceeds will benefit two New York charities- the Police Athletic League and the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation. The employees participating volunteer their time and pay their own expenses, and the Honorary Members of the Long Beach Police Officers’ Association assisted in paying the registration fees of the police employees.
The police employees that will be participating in the Games and their events are:
- Sergeant Paul Esko – beach volleyball
- Detective Ana Maria Gill – javeline, discus, and shotput
- Detective David A. Jones – trap, skeet and sporting clays
- Officer Tina Louise Icorn – police action pistol
- Officer Danielle Quinones – softball
The Fire employees participating in the Games will all be part of an ice hockey team, and they are:
- Captain Matt Block
- Engineer Cory Girard
- Firefighter Tyler Viana
- Firefighter John Aiello
- Paramedic Matt Bolen
Nearing the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a “5k World Trade Center Run to Remember” and a candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of the lives lost, as well as special events to thank the international community for their support during that time.
For more information on this event, visit the event’s website, www.2011wpfg.org.