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Jackson and Kemp take gold at police and fire games

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014

Atascadero News photo contributed by Eric Jackson San Luis County sheriff deputies Eric Jackson, left, and Clayton Kemp, right, stand with United States Police and Fire Championship gold medals around their necks. They competed at the games in San Diego in June, separately and as a team, and won gold in three divisions.

SAN DIEGO — The United States Police and Fire Championship games began in 1967 to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among members of the law enforcement community with competition. In June 2014, the games were held in San Diego, and San Luis Obispo County sheriff deputies Eric Jackson and Clayton Kemp represented the Central Coast in the Olympic-type event.

Jackson and Kemp are a part of the North County office and work out of the Templeton office of the sheriff’s department. They were sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, who helped pay for their trip to San Diego.

Leading up to the event, Jackson and Kemp prepared by playing top racquetball players from in and out of the area.

“I teach racquetball up at Kennedy, both Atascadero and Paso,” Jackson said. “We ramped it up, playing about two or three times a week. We played against Doug Brown, and Hank Minardo from Champions. We did a little more intense training in the weeks before the games.”

Jackson combines a quarter of a century with the SLO County sheriff’s office with a score of experience competing against his peers on the court and course.

“I’ve been with the department about 27 years,” Jackson said. “Over the last 20 years, I have competed in racquetball and golf, off and on.”

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