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Hillsdale County Deputies unite at World Police & Fire Games

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: August 7, 2015


— By Jennifer Foley, POJ Editor

Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Mosher is a long-time participant in the World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) and this year three of his co-workers joined him.

Mosher powerlifted in the games, held June 26 to July 5, 2015 in Fairfax, Virginia, winning another gold medal in his age group, 55-59. He benched 127.5 kilos or 279 pounds and pulled 205 kilos equivalent to 451 pounds. He was also awarded gold in his age group in the 2013 games. Deputy Nate Lambright competed in Freestyle Wrestling in the 86-kilo weight class senior division; Sgt. Todd Moore competed in Indoor Rowing; and Deputy Gavin Albright competed in Bowling. Moore finished fourth in his division, just barely squeaked out of a bronze medal.

Photo courtesy of Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department (From left) Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Lambright, Sgt. Bill Mosher and Sgt. Todd Moore, along with Deputy Gavin Albright (not pictured) participated in the World Police & Fire Games this summer in Fairfax, Virginia.

Photo courtesy of Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department
(From left) Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Lambright, Sgt. Bill Mosher and Sgt. Todd Moore, along with Deputy Gavin Albright (not pictured) participated in the World Police & Fire Games this summer in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mosher has talked to his co-workers for years about how much he enjoys participating in WPFG and has shown them pictures of his international travels. This year the event was held in the United States making it easier for all three to attend for the first time.

“Our sports are on different days. We’re going as a group, but we’re traveling separately and competing on separate days,” Mosher said.

Powerlifting: Mosher, 56, who has been with his department since 1985, competed in the Bench Press and Deadlift events. His background in strength training spans 24 years. He has completed the USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Course, ISSA Personal Trainer certification, and is a member of the Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen (AOBS). Mosher has competed in previous Police and Fire Games at Stockholm, Sweden in 1999; Barcelona, Spain in 2003; Quebec City, Canada in 2005; and Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2013.

“I did it as an amateur sport to get stronger,” Mosher said. In 2013, he competed in the 50-54 age group, taking gold in the WPFG held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mosher has received three gold medals and one bronze medal in his event over the years. The POLC member was featured in the December 2013 issue of Milo, a journal for strength athletes.

“If you can’t go to the Olympic Games and if you’re a full-time police officer or firefighter, you can go and compete (in the Police and Fire Games),” Mosher said.

Freestyle Wrestling: Deputy Nate Lambright, 32, began wrestling in 1990. He studied five martial arts and teaches women’s and men’s self defense. A Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Road Patrol Officer since 2007, he is owner/operator of Control Tactics Consulting, where he is a defensive tactics instructor certified in ground and knife defenses.

“Lambright has been wrestling for a long time, since he was a child,” Mosher said.

“Sgt. Mosher has bugged me for the 8 years I have been here due to my martial arts background. I wanted to do it for him, he’s getting closer to retirement,” Lambright said. “I told him I was doing it, then he decided to do it (again), then my other partner decided to join, then my other partner. It’s been kind of a chain reaction in the department.”

To prepare for the games, Lambright trained with wrestling coach John V. Major, a member of the U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling teams as an alternate in 1972 and 1976. Major, who served as Lambright’s personal trainer at the games, won bronze medals at the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Russia in 1973 and Montreal in 1975. A Hillsdale physical education instructor since 1988, Major has coached 29 Michigan high school State champions and 97 Michigan high school All State wrestlers and nine high school All Americans.

Major is Lambright’s former high school wrestling coach and best friend’s father. “I’ve known Coach Major since I was in sixth grade – I’ve wrestled since I was in second grade,” Lambright said. “Obviously he’s like another father figure to me. I went with him when he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.”

Indoor Rowing: Sgt. Todd Moore, 35, has been active in CrossFit for two years. CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program involving functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity. He has been training for the indoor rowing event under Matt Young at CrossFit Timoro in Jonesville, Michigan. Moore, who played basketball while attending Hillsdale Community Schools, has served as the district’s basketball coach for the past 8 years, presently coaching freshmen at Hillsdale High School.

“In CrossFit we row and that’s where I got introduced to rowing,” Moore said.

Moore, who also serves as an Evidence Technician and member of the Narcotics Team, served as the local POLC union president of the Non-Supervisory bargaining unit before he was promoted recently to Sergeant.

“Sgt. Mosher has talked to us a lot about him going to different games and I’ve always thought it would be fun and now it’s in the United States so it’s a lot easier,” Moore said, adding that it’s difficult with a wife and children to go on an overseas trip. “It’s not even about going to win, it’s just about going to have fun, to meet people from all over the world in law enforcement and on the fire side of it.”

Bowling: Deputy Gavin Albright, 30, has participated in state bowling competitions, taking 5th place in high handicap in 2010. A work injury to his shoulder sidelined him for two years, but with his high game score of 299, just one pin short of a perfect game, Albright is taking his talent to the games.

“My wife kind of pushed me to compete in the games,” Albright said. “I talked about how the other coworkers were doing it, and she saw bowling on the website. She said if it fell on my days off, I should go. Honestly, it just ended up falling on my days off so I was able to have the time off.”

The Road Patrol Deputy worked on the Sniper Team for his department from 2009 to 2012 and has been with the department 10 years.

The games were expected to draw 12,000 athletes from 70 nations competing in 60 different sports. The biennial event is for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers to promote physical fitness and sport as a means for officers to improve their overall fitness, reduce stress, and increase their professional abilities.

“A lot of the officers don’t even know the games exist,” Mosher said. “It’s important for anyone working in public safety to be in some kind of condition so you can respond. I want to be remembered as someone who supported people to be fit and strong and develop body as well as minds.”

“Our Department fully supports the efforts of these employees in training for and competing in the Police and Fire Games,” said Sheriff Stan W. Burchardt. “In the field of Public Safety, it benefits both our organization and community to have our employees participate in meaningful physical training. These efforts result in the employees being better able to respond in emergency situations. They are looking forward to the games and consider it a privilege to represent the County of Hillsdale. The employees are traveling and competing entirely at their own expense.”

The games involve all kinds of events including firearms and sports that the hosting country specializes in such as hockey for Canada. “It’s good to go to the games to meet people from other countries and be exposed to different people and cultures,” Mosher said.

In 2017 the World Police & Fire Games will be held in Montreal, Canada; and in 2019 in Chengdu, China. For more information on the games, visit www.2015wpfg.com

Please feel free to contact Bill Mosher at b.mosher@co.hillsdale.mi.us with any questions about the games.