Excerpts from wandtv.com:

Police and firefighters from around the world traveled to China to compete in the World Police and Fire Games. Central Illinois was represented by three firefighters from Springfield.

Springfield Fire Department Captain Kainan Rinaberger has previously competed in the games in Belfast in 2013, Fairfax County, San Diego, and now China.

Springfield Firefighter Chris Szorc said this was an experience like no other. The firefighters said the long travel time made the competitions a little more difficult.  Despite the fatigue and time change, the men managed to bring home some medals.

In the 500m indoor rowing, individual, Szorc got silver and earned a silver in the team 1,000m with Captain Rinaberger.

Even though they didn’t place, the department’s members combined to finish twelfth in the Ultimate Firefighter Challenge.

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