Cherokee County Firefighter, Sgt. Rick Ehlke, won the Toughest Firefighter Competition in his age division at the Georgia Police and Fire Games that are being held this week in Dalton, Georgia.
Firefighters had to participate in a series of events consisting of a high rise pack carry, hose hoist with a 42 pound donut roll of a 3 inch hose, forcible entry by driving a 160 pound steel sled with a 9 pound mallet, hose advance and victim rescue.
The 50 year old Ehlke won 1st place in his age category (50-54) with a time of 3:13. In 2013, Ehlke won the overall competition by beating every age category with a time of 2:31.
The Georgia Police and Fire Games were formed in Carrollton, Georgia in 1984. The games started after Officer James Perry of the Carrollton Police Department read about other state games. Perry approached Jim Herbert, then with the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department, and outlined his idea for the games. Together, they worked with the city manager’s office and obtained approval and financial backing to pursue the establishment of the games. Since the game’s inaugural competition in June of 1985, they have grown from less than three hundred to over one thousand participants. Participation grows every year.
Congratulations to Sgt. Elhke for a job well done.