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Cpl. Leigh Rush of the Rome Fire Department to compete at 2017 World Police and Fire Games

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The Rome Fire Department is proud to announce that Cpl. Leigh Rush has qualified to represent Rome-Floyd County at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles this August. (Contributed photo)

The Rome Fire Department is proud to announce that Cpl. Leigh Rush has qualified to represent Rome-Floyd County at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles this August. The competition held every two years, will host more than 65 countries competing in 65 Olympic-Style sports.

Cpl. Rush currently stands as the seventh fittest firefighter in the world for the 35-39 age division in CrossFit. Her status qualifies her to compete in this year’s World Police and Fire games. She will compete against nine other women to include five police officers and four firewomen. The games will run three days on August 13-15.

“Rush is an outstanding member of the community as well as a world class athlete,” said Sgt. Alex Routt, Physical Trainer for the Rome Fire Department. “She will be a fantastic representative of the Rome Fire Department, as well as Rome-Floyd County on an international level of competition. “

Cpl. Rush most recently competed at the Firefighter Throwdown in April at part of the team formed from the Rome Fire Department. Teams were comprised of three people, one of which must be a female and included Cpl. Rush, Sgt. Devin Porter, and Sgt. Routt. The team has a combined 18 years of firefighting experience.

The two-day competition consisted of eight CrossFit workouts to include test of strength, speed, gymnastics and firefighting skills. The Rome Fire Department team finished 6 out of 29 teams and was the only team where all members represented were from the same department. The first place team pulled firefighters from three separate cities: San Francisco, Florida and Seattle.

“The goal of these events are to support and promote firefighter health, wellness and fitness,” said Fire Chief Troy Brock. “We incorporate health and wellness as an essential part of our fire service training. The department is known for our rigorous physical training, which helps ensure our rookies are fully prepared for firefighting.”

CrossFit Chariot is hosting a fundraiser for Cpl. Rush to help pay for her trip and competition expenses at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles. A CrossFit workout session will be held at CrossFit Chariot located at 15 N. Hanks Street; located behind Red Lobster. The suggested donation is $20. Crestview Angus will sell brisket plates made with local, certified, Angus beef brisket and T-shirts will also be available for sale. The fundraiser will be held Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The public is invited to meet and support Cpl. Rush who will represent Rome and Floyd County at the international competition.

Follow the Rome Fire Department for updates during and leading up to the competition on their Facebook page at Facebook.com/Rome/Floyd County Fire Department.

For questions about the fundraising efforts or the World Police & Fire Games, contact Sgt. Alex Routt at 706-346-5460.