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August 20, 2003

Fish & Game Officers Earn Gold at World Police and Fire Games

Conservation Officers James MacKenzie and Mark Hensel -- gold medal winners in the 2003 Tenth World Police and Fire Games

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers James MacKenzie and Mark Hensel brought home the gold in the Tenth World Police and Fire Games, held recently in Barcelona, Spain. More than 12,000 athletes from 70 countries participated in these games, competing in events ranging from traditional track and field to the Toughest Competitor Alive match.

Both N.H. Fish and Game officers competed in the biathlon, a sport combining pistol shooting and cross-country running. Competing against more than 200 others, C.O. Mark Hensel won the Gold Medal in the Male Open division (18-29 year olds). C.O. James MacKenzie won the Gold Medal in the Senior B division (35-39 year olds). MacKenzie and Hensel, representing both the United States and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, also together captured the Gold Medal in the team biathlon competition.

"The achievements of these fine officers in a tough international athletic competition exemplify the determination and commitment to excellence all our officers strive for," said Col. Jeffrey Gray, Chief of Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division.

The 2003 World Police and Fire Games were held July 26 to August 3 in Barcelona, Spain. This summer's victories bring MacKenzie's total medals earned in World Police and Fire Games biathalon competitions to 6 medals (4 gold and 2 silver); Hensel now has won 2 gold and 2 silver medals. The next World Police and Fire Games will be held in 2005 in Quebec City, Canada.

New Hampshire Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fish and wildlife. Conservation Officers prosecute all of their own cases involving offenders of wildlife law. They also are responsible for search and rescue operations and for enforcing off-highway recreational vehicle regulations. Conservation Officer James MacKenzie, who resides in Deerfield, serves in southeastern New Hampshire. Conservation Officer Hensel, of Sanbornville, serves in the central part of the state near the Maine border.

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