CAN-AM POLICE-FIRE GAMES HISTORY

The Can-Am Police-Fire Games started as the Northwest Police-Fire Games in 1977.  Officials from two state police and fire games (Washington and Oregon) and a police-fire sports group from Western Canada formed an organization. They organized and conducted a multi-sport event for police officers and firefighters on an annual basis, which continued until 1996.

Through aggressive marketing and tremendous interest from law enforcement and firefighters, the event grew in popularity, so much so that cities large enough to host the event were limited in the northwestern U. S. and Western Canada. The group reorganized and renamed itself the Can-Am Police-Fire Games to better represent the athletes demographically.

To better reflect the broadened scope and nature of eligible competitors, the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation expanded its mission statement to represent police, fire services, emergency responders and protective services. This demonstrates the commitment to include other age such agencies like the Emergency Medical Service Providers, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and Corrections Officers; just to name a few.

Host city selections are made through a bid process up to five years in advance of planned Games. This allows a future host the opportunity to experience at least two Games events in order to prepare for their own. The size of the Games is only limited by a community’s efforts to market them with the help of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation.

The Can-Am Police-Fire Games is a registered non-profit organization 501(c) 3 in the United States and is registered under the Canadian Society Act as a non-profit organization.

CAN-AM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bill Merrylees

CEO

Bill Merrylees is a Detective Superintendent with the London Police Service in London, Ontario, Canada and has 34 years of experience. He is presently the Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Bill has competed in the games since 2000, winning medals in Golf, Softball, 5k and 10k Cross Country, 10k and 21k Run. He was the Chair of the Sport Technical Committee for the 2004 London Can-Am Police-Fire Games which had 876 competitors in 46 events at 37 venue sites. Bill was appointed to the Board in March 2005 and became the CEO in 2010.

Lynn Hillman

U.S. President/Treasurer

Lynn is a retired Lt. Colonel with the Oregon State Police and lives in Salem, Oregon. He was appointed to the Board in 1987, after hosting the ’87 Games in Salem, and elected Vice-President in 1988. When the Board was restructured, he was elected as the U.S. President and appointed as Treasurer.

Kevin Kalbfleisch

Secretary

Kevin is a retired Battalion Chief with the Lewiston Fire Department in Lewiston, Idaho and has 26 years of experience. He was appointed to the board in 1993 and had recently returned after a short leave of absence. Kevin has participated in the games since 1988, competing in Toughest Competitor Alive (TCA), Toughest Firefighter Alive (TFA), Track and Field, Basketball, Triathlon and Waterskiing.

Lagina Fitzpatrick

CMP, CHSC, Board Member

Lagina has been in the hospitality/tourism industry for over 36 years at Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality & Restaurant Management from MO State University

Lagina currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association (TCLA). TCLA is the certified DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) for the three counties (Camden, Miller, and Morgan County) surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lagina spearheaded the bid process for the Lake of the Ozarks to host the 2018 and 2020 Games. The Lake of the Ozarks is the only destination in the 40+ history of the Games to be awarded back-to-back Games.

Lagina enjoys her time on the Lake as well as traveling and spending time with her friends and family which includes five adorable grandkids.

Lonnie Croal

Board Member

Lonnie is a retired Sergeant with the Edmonton (Alberta) Police Service and lives in his hometown of Calgary Alberta. Lonnie has served on numerous boards including the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Canadian Association of Police Educators, and the Calgary Police Rodeo Association. On top of competing in biathlon, TCA, and shooting and running events, Lonnie has been fortunate enough to coordinate several sporting events with emergency services games organizations. He is thrilled to be selected to the Can-Am Police-Fire Games board and is looking forward to his first games.

Gary Gibson

Board Member

Gary is a retired Staff Sergeant with the Calgary Police Service and has eight years prior service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He was appointed to the board in 1990 and elected Canadian President in 1993. Gary served as Director for the 1993 Games in Calgary and was the Executive Director of Sports for the 1997 World Police and Fire Games in Calgary. In 1999 he attended the World Police and Fire Games in Stockholm, Sweden as a competitor and also the Chief Referee of the P.P.C. Shooting competition.

Since retiring in 1998 Gary continues to get enjoyment and satisfaction from devoting time to the Can-Am Police-Fire Games.

Russell Kroum

Board Member

Russell is a retired Captain with the Walla Walla Fire Department in Walla Walla Washington. He retired after 38 years of service as a Paramedic, Firefighter, Training Officer, and Shift Commander. He hosted the 1992 Northwest Police – Fire Games in Walla Walla with just over 1,000 participants. Russ has participated in six Can-Am Police-Fire Games, the World Fire Games in Las Vegas, and the World Police and Fire Games in Calgary, Alberta. He has competed in Basketball, Swimming, and Paintball.