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Lifting to Success
Ten thousand competitors from all over the world went against each other in 56 events at the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast Ireland earlier this month. In the 180 pound weight lifting competition the gold medal went to the USA. But few people had ever heard of the winners hometown, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Thats where Detective Jeremy Shepherd is a mild-mannered 16 year veteran. In the police station gym Shepherd trained two years for the World Games. His category started out with participants from 17 countries. Shepherd said, As you lift, some fall off because they dont lift as much as you, then it gets down to the end and its just you and one other person.
In the end it was USA and Sweden, and the final lift. I never lifted that much before in a competition, when they called gold medal for the United States, Jeremy Shepherd, it was wow, you did it.
Shepherds lift was 337 pounds. That would be like bench pressing Cincinnati Bengal Andre Smith, who weighs in at 335 pounds.
The departments Assistant Police Chief spotted Shepherd during workouts, encouraged him, and convinced the city to sponsor his trip to Belfast. It means a lot for a city this size, Mike Lanning said, to send him to Belfast and compete, it means a lot to us.
Shepherds annual Fit Camp Biggest Loser begins Sunday. He will talk to participants about commitment, getting family support, and believing in themselves. Something he knows a little bit about.
Deborah Dixon Local 12 News