Submitted by Deputy Miguel Hernandez
MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (MCDSA) is proud to announce that DSA member and Madera County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Zack Zamudio is currently featured in the United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) newsletter. Zack has been competing for seven years in the Olympic-style games for law enforcement and fire. His hard work has earned him five gold medals, one silver medal, and he has been a top five finisher at the World Games.
“Gold medals are obviously coveted so when Zack has a chance to win one he notes that it is rewarding due to the time, effort and hard work put into his training and diet,” the newsletter notes. The USPFC competitions help keep Zack motivated to stay in shape, and “the camaraderie seen in the USPFC is also seen throughout his entire office and community. Zack takes pride in his career knowing that all officers working in the streets actually do make a difference in their communities. Many people respect and appreciate that he and others put their lives on the line day in and day out.”
The USPFC started as the California Police Olympics and has had a few name changes since it was founded in 1967 by San Diego Police Lieutenant Veon “Duke” Nyhus. Lt. Nyhus had the idea to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among the members of the law enforcement community.
This year, the USPFC are scheduled for June 18-25, 2016 in San Diego County. The Athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country will compete in Olympic style sports.
“Zack has made numerous memories at the USPFC,” the newsletter reports, “but his hands-down favorite was last year at the conclusion of his TCA competition when his two sons, Zachary and Isaiah, ran the obstacle course with him – excellent family bonding time!”
Zack continues to train and will return to San Diego this summer on a quest for more gold.
(Miguel Hernandez is a deputy with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office)