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Police and fire games continue in Dalton

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Competitors shot at the firing range during Wednesday's events. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com Competitors shot at the firing range during Wednesday's events. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com

The weeklong battle between some of Georgia's finest continued Wednesday. Hundreds of police and firefighters from across the Peach State are in Dalton for the annual Police and Fire Games.

Participants are competing in various events all week. They competed both at the golf course and the firing range Wednesday.

Normally, Homeland Security Special Agent Trey Taylor is arresting folks for felonies. Today, he's letting a little loose on the range.

"It's just a feather in the cap," Taylor said. "Competition is always good to motivate someone."

Like most participants, Taylor said the games are about more than just fun.

"You wanna get out and enjoy yourself but you want to beat some people down too," said Michael Young.

Michael Young is a Whitfield County firefighter. He and his police buddy Larry Gilbert from the Calhoun Police Department have been playing together in the par 3 tournament since 2000.

 "Just a little braggin rights," Gilbert said. "It's all about having fun and getting out and meeting and greeting people."

"It's a good time to get together with people from different agencies you don't see all the time. Keep it loose and relaxed," said Young.

Dalton Public Information Officer Bruce Frazier said the annual event is a chance to reinforce year-round training, particularly at the firing range.

"A lot of what you see out here today mirrors what our training does and training at agencies across the state," Frazier said.

The Police and Fire Games continue until Saturday. The public is invited to attend the events. Click here for a full list of events.

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