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April 25, 2007
CO Mark Hensel Brings Home Honors from 2007 World Police and Fire Games
CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation
Officer Mark Hensel, of Sanbornville, N.H., brought home honors from
the 2007 World Police and Fire Games held in March in Adelaide, Australia.
Hensel won a bronze medal in the Open Division and a silver in the
Team Biathlon, among 100 biathlon competitors from around the world.
More than 8,000 athletes competed in various events at the World Police and Fire Games, which are held every two years and attended by police officers and firefighters from around the globe. This was the fourth time Hensel, who paid for the trip out of his own pocket, has competed in the international event. With his recent victories, he has now won a total of two Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal, all in Biathlon events.
The biathlon consists of a 5K cross-country run and a 24-round shooting competition (a sequence of a mile run, shooting 12 rounds at 25 yards, a mile run, 12 rounds and a final mile run). The event is timed and penalties are added for rounds that miss a 4-inch strip on a silhouette target. Hensel shot a .9mm Glock handgun in the competition. In the Team Biathlon, Hensel was paired with Police Officer Barbara Mayer from Koeln, Germany.
"We are extremely proud of Officer Hensel's success in this tough competition," said Colonel Jeffrey Gray, Chief of Law Enforcement for Fish and Game. "His efforts exemplify the high level of dedication and skill that Fish and Game Conservation Officers aspire to."
To learn more about the 2007 World Police and Fire Games, visit www.2007wpfg.com. Future games are scheduled to take place in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009; in New York City in 2011; and in Belfast, Ireland, in 2013.
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