Butler County, Pennsylvania has been selected to host the Can-Am Police-Fire Games in 2024 at a variety of venues throughout the area with Heroes First Home Loans as the presenting sponsor. Can-Am Police-Fire Games is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that gives competitors from Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Service Providers, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Corrections Officers and other first responders along with their spouses and children over 18 the opportunity to participate! We’re looking forward to providing the athletes with an exceptional experience by showcasing the county’s unique venues and attractions. We hope athletes and spectators will make their visit a fun-filled Sportcation!
Located in Western Pennsylvania, Butler County offers a glimpse of small-town life, yet is close to major cities. We are only 25 miles from Pittsburgh, 325 miles from Philadelphia, and 380 miles from New York City.
Some of the earliest known history begins with first U.S. President George Washington, who passed through the area around the same time the French & Indian War began. Butler County has plenty of other interesting history, as well. It was founded in 1800 and named for Gen. Richard Butler, a colonial officer in the American Revolution.
Many of the towns hold rich German history; including Harmony, founded in 1804 by the Harmony Society of German Lutheran Separatists who were seeking religious freedom, and Saxonburg, which still maintains the architectural charm of a quaint German hamlet. Saxonburg was co-founded by John Roebling who also invented wire rope and designed the Brooklyn Bridge.
Present-day, the county has museums and many historic locations which interpret the area’s past. Special events and reenactments offer living history as well.
First Responders Memorial
Dedicated on October 28, 2022, the First Responders Memorial “celebrates the sacrifice of our first responders and honors those our county has lost”, according to Steven Green, Butler AM Rotary President. The memorial is located in Alameda Park.
Commissioner and club member Kevin Boozel conceived the memorial for those who died in the line of duty and formed a committee that includes Boozel, retired Adams Twp. Police Chief Bill Westerman, former Butler Twp. Volunteer Fire District Chief Greg Haughey, and paramedic crew chief Teak Baker of Cranberry Twp. EMS. They asked Butler AM Rotary to manage corporate sponsorships and public donations through its non-profit Butler AM Rotary Charities.
“Here we have a group of people who died in this service to the community,” quoting Haughey. Westerman affirms that “These people need to be recognized. It’s something that needs to be done.”
Can-Am Police-Fire Games is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that features traditional sports and competitions that include skills used in first responders’ day-to-day work. The mission of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games is to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among law enforcement, fire, emergency, and protective service personnel and their agencies.
The Games are expected to pull participants and their families from the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Canada and will include several different events like cross-country races, cycling, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, powerlifting, archery, and much more!
Every year a charity is named as the chosen recipient of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games. This year’s proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Pennsylvania which provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.