Sergeant Brian Stears of the St. Joseph County, Mich., Sheriff’s Department recently won three gold medals and two silver medals at the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.
Stears won a gold medal in his age group for the 100 and 200 meter dashes and the 1500 meter run, according to a press release from St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk. He also won a silver medal in the 800 meter run. Stears teamed up with a U.S. Air Marshall, a North Las Vegas fireman and a Santa Ana, Calif., police officer for a 4 x 100 meter relay. Their team won a silver medal.
The U.S. Police and Fire Championships is an Olympic-style event.
Stears trained for the event by competing in the USA Track and Field’s Masters program. He is a former all-state track performer for the Constantine, Mich., Falcon track team, according to the press release. He is currently a member of the Kalamazoo, Mich., Area Runners Club.