Vallejo firefighter ‘Toughest Competitor Alive’

Marie F. Estrada

Vallejo firefighter ‘Toughest Competitor Alive’

By Marie F. Estrada/ Times-Herald staff writer

Posted:   06/22/2013 01:02:07 AM PDT

On June 16, Father’s Day, Ben Crew became the “toughest competitor alive” at the 2013 U.S. Police and Firefighter Championships in San Diego.

An apprentice firefighter at Vallejo station 22, Crew competed in the 30- to 39-year-old over 200 pound. male division. He placed first in the Toughest Competitor Alive and best overall. And with an overall score of 5,600, the 32-year-old was 400 points above the second best competitor.

Battalion Chief Dave Urrutia said the U.S. Police and Firefighter Championship, which began in 1967, is an Olympic style event with different categories.

Police and firefighters can compete in group events or, like Crew, compete solo in the Toughest Competitor Alive.

At the heart of it though, Urrutia said the competition is “basically about camaraderie amongst public service.”

A former competitor himself…

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