Detective Porter Wins Silver in New York
Detective Melissa Porter returned to work Tuesday after a week-long soccer tournament in New York City at the World Police and Fire Games. Detective Porter joined Kelly Gorman, a Newport Beach Firefighter, and 15 other police officers and firefighters, from all over California to complete their roster.
Although many of the players had competed with or against each other in the past, the combined team did not have an opportunity to practice together as a team prior to the games. But that wouldn’t stop them from advancing through the grueling 7-game tournament to the finals and neither would Hurricane Irene!
The bi-annual competition was hosted in New York this year in coordination with the memorial tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks a decade ago. Although some logistics issues arose due to the arrival of Hurricane Irene, tens of thousands of police officers and firefighters from every corner of the World made their way to New York City to compete in hundreds of events
Detective Porter commented on how proud it made her feel to advance into the final round as a representative of the United States, especially during this time of remembrance in New York. In the end, only one goal separated the US team from the Gold medalists, a full-time sponsored team from Montreal Canada.
After seeing Detective Porter’s Silver Medal, rumor has it that several other detectives are making plans to compete in Belfast Ireland in 2013!
Click here to see an Introduction to the 2011 World Police and Fire Games