NOTE: Besides being fantastic first responders, our fire and rescue personnel have a variety of talents that go well beyond the fire station. Below is from Firefighter/Paramedic Bryan Stottlemyer who has become quite a cyclist after discovering it as part of a rehab program for shoulder surgery a couple of years ago. Read on and learn what one of our own does while off duty yet still represents the County and MCFRS proudly. Bill Delaney
By: J. Bryan Stottlemyer, Firefighter/Paramedic MCFRS
Two weeks ago, I returned from the 2010 Can-Am Police and Fire Games, which were held in Dublin, Ohio (just outside of Columbus). I competed in all four cycling events, along with members from my cycling team - Capital Region Fire and Police Cycling. We met, and competed against/with, other public safety workers from around the country and Canada.
For any Fire Fighter or Police Officer reading this, I would like to spread the word and personally invite others to participate in the world games. It is an experience that will last a lifetime, and next year there will be 68 sports to choose from (http://2011wpfg.org/SportsEvents/tabid/57/Default.aspx). I can tell you that in these difficult times, the brotherhood and camaraderie that is shared among firefighters and police officers around the world is alive and well. I am already looking forward to seeing the guys that I raced against next year!