Metro Atlanta police lieutenant wins gold

Chamblee police Lt. Jim Wiley won three gold medals while competing this month in the U.S. Police and Fire Championships in San Diego.

Wiley, 54, participated in five track and field events at the competition. He won gold medals in the 200 meter race, 4 by 100 meter relay and 4 by 400 meter relay. He won silver medals in the other two events. 

“I work really hard all year-round to get ready for this and it is so wonderful to be able to do my best, win or lose, and just enjoy spending time with so many law enforcement and fire personnel from all over the country,” Wiley said.

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Athletes from police and fire departments throughout the country competed in 50 different sports at 35 venues. According to Wiley, the event is like the Olympics for law enforcement.

“I love being able to see people from all over the United States coming together and competing and enjoying being around each other,” Wiley said.

The championship is an annual event that dates back to 1967, when the event was known as the California Police Olympics. It was founded by San Diego police Lt.  Veon “Duke” Nyhus who wanted to promote physical fitness and camaraderie amongst law enforcement and the community.

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