Several employees from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) competed in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games, with several taking home gold, silver and bronze medals.
The 2015 World Police and Fire Games is a multi-sport biennial athletic event that took place from June 26 through July 5. Competition was open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, hosted this year’s event, and HSI Washington, D.C., Special Agent in Charge Clark Settles, serving as the event’s federal coordinator, was charged with overseeing the safety and security of the event.
Medal winners from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Group Supervisor Theodore Schmitz from HSI Washington, D.C. won the Silver Medal in the men's triathlon 45-49 class.
“It was an honor and privilege to be able to represent HSI in the World Police and Fire Games while competing with colleagues from around the world,” said Schmitz.
Special Agent Chris Moore from HSI Washington, D.C. teamed with Mack Jones, a retired officer from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and won the Bronze Medal in darts.
“I have not competed in such a large event and was somewhat intimidated at the thought of competing against multiple national and world champions,” said Moore. “However, the friendly environment and the professionalism of the Fairfax County Police staff that managed our event made the adjustment easy. The competitors had plenty of time to talk and learn a little about families, jobs and cultures. I started out meeting strangers and ended up with many professional brothers and sisters around the world.”
Special Agent Angie Applegate assigned to HSI Law Enforcement Support and Information Management Technical Operation Unit in Lorton, Virginia won the Gold Medal in the women’s mountain bike cross country race and a Gold Medal for the women’s 10-mile time trial race.
“I never raced before and just wanted to participate and support our law enforcement brothers and sisters,” said Applegate. “It was an honor to represent the agency and the nation. It’s not just about the competition and winning, it’s about the brotherhood of police officers and firefighters – the first responders from around the world.”
Special Agent Ellen Pierson from HSI Tampa won the Silver Medal for the mountain bike competition and Bronze Medals for the time trial and the road race.
Intelligence Research Specialist Nancy Emmi from HSI San Diego won the Silver Medal for singles bowling and the Bronze Medal for bowling doubles.
Special Agent Jose L. Semidey, assigned to HSI's Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit, and Special Agent Thurmond Dunbar, assigned to the HSI's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center, earned a bronze medal in the team bowling competition.
Participants from ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)
Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer Tracy Calfee from the field office in Atlanta won first place in the women’s bowling.
Deportation Officer Michael Woodring and Supervisory Immigration Enforcement Agent Matthew Schautz of the field office in Baltimore, and Staff Officer Miguel Perez-Otero from Washington, D.C. headquarters participated in the half marathon 13.1 mile race.