CO Mark Hensel
CO Mark Hensel of Sanbornton, with 2009 World Police and Fire Games Bronze Medal. MEDIA -- For print quality photo, click on image.

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            October 6, 2009

CO Mark Hensel Wins Bronze Medal at 2009 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 again from the World Police and Fire Games, which were held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada.  Hensel won a bronze medal in the Biathlon.

More than 10,000 athletes competed in various events at the World Police and Fire Games, which are held every two years and attended by law enforcement officers and firefighters from around the globe.

This was the fifth time Hensel, who paid for his trip, has competed in the international event.  To date, he has won two gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, all in Biathlon events. 

Hensel emerged with the bronze medal from a field of more than 100 Biathlon competitors. The course was a difficult 5-kilometer run, plus a shooting competition.  The run was a challenging course through the wooded, mountainous outskirts of Vancouver, on a trail studded with roots and rocks.  In the shooting competition, Hensel used a .357 caliber Sig-Sauer P226 handgun (manufactured in Exeter, N.H.) at a distance of 25 yards. The World Games involved numerous other sporting events; Hensel also competed in “Toughest Competitor.” 

Hensel plans to compete at the 2011 World Games in New York City, as well as the Can/Am (Canada/America) games. He has competed at the world games in Biathlon in Indianapolis; Barcelona, Spain; Quebec, Canada; Adelaide, Australia; and Vancouver, Canada. 

 “We are extremely proud of Officer Hensel’s success in this tough competition,” said Colonel Martin Garabedian, Chief of Law Enforcement for Fish and Game.  “His efforts exemplify the high level of dedication, skill and physical fitness that Fish and Game Conservation Officers aspire to.”

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