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Irvine Officers Bring Home the Gold… and lots of it!


Irvine Police Department was well represented last week at the 2012 U.S. Police and Fire Games in San Diego. Gold medals were the theme as Irvine officers took top honors in cycling, soccer, and roller hockey!

Sergeant Gielish competed in the Cycling Time Trial, a 10-mile event over rolling terrain on Monday. Those competing in the event depended on aerodynamic bicycles and equipment to help post their best time. Sergeant Gielish won the Gold medal in his age bracket, and posted the overall fastest time for all ages. On Wednesday, Sergeant Gielish placed second and won the Silver medal in the Road Race.

Team Captain Melissa Porter led the women’s soccer team, comprised of officers and firefighters from Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Placentia, San Diego, Long Beach and Orange County. Team members representing the Irvine Police Department were Detective Melissa Porter and Officers Tanya Ayalde, Nicole Frantz and Alex Lopez. The tournament style play included six teams from large agencies as well as other combined teams. The Southern California combined team was coached by volunteer Pam Lewin, who is the head coach of the Fullerton College women’s soccer team.

 Officer Bob Smith represented Irvine on a combined roller hockey team with the Newport Beach Police Department.  They won the Gold medal after winning five of their six games during the two-day tournament. Officer Smith scored six goals as a forward for the team.

 The United States Police & Fire Championships is new in name only.  What began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics has evolved into a national event and is open to full-time active and retired peace officers and firefighters from all 50 states.