The World Police and Fire Games were held in Belfast, Ireland, this year, but as far away as it was, the Aberdeen Fire Department still had solid representation. Batallion Chief Bill Mayne and firefighter Adam Catterlin both brought home silver medals.
“Apparently all us Aberdeen guys know is silver,” Mayne said with a laugh. “I was very pleased.”
Mayne earned four silver medals, all for pistol shooting, two for his individual performance, two for his work with the Austrian National Police team. He said he’s been to other competitions with the group, and at the world games, police and fire are allowed to mix for team events.
“They’ve kind of latched on to me as a fourth member,” Mayne said.
Catterlin was modest about his showing in freestyle wrestling in the 85 kilogram, 30-39 age group.
“It wasn’t my greatest performance over there but I managed to sneak home a silver medal,” he said.
Catterlin has recently started training for competitive jujitsu and mixed martial arts, and said his work there might have left him out of gas at the world games. He also competed in Greco-Roman wrestling but didn’t place.
Mayne’s participation in the shooting events, police action pistol and police pistol combat, stood out for his sure shot and his Aberdeen Fire T-shirt. He said it’s a vast majority of police officers in those events.
“When you’re doing things like wrestling or softball or basketball or track and field stuff that they do … they’re more balanced. But you start doing things like SWAT or the shooting stuff, it’s going to be heavily law enforcement. Other things, like the stair climb or the fire muster where they’re actually laying hose to get water to the nozzle right away as a timed event, it’s going to be mostly fire,” Mayne said.
He’s no stranger to shooting events, competing all over the world since 1986 and working as a firearms instructor. He brought home the gold in action shooting at the 2009 world games in Vancouver, B.C.
About 7,000 police and fire personnel from 67 countries competed in this year’s games in 56 events. The world games started in 1967 with a goal of “promoting sport and fraternity within the police and firefighting communities,” according to the 2013 event website.
“We had a blast,” Catterlin said. “I was totally surprised by the turnout to the games, I’d never been there before. It’s incredible how many people come together from all over the world. … Now that I’ve been there, I’m kind of putting the bug in the ear of some of the other guys.”
The next biennial event will be held in Fairfax, Va. in 2015.