First Responder Games Underway In Brevard, Local Competitors Faring Well

By  //  September 20, 2015

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events runs through Sept. 27

ABOVE VIDEO: Rusty Buchanan’s Space Coast Sports Promotions has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the Brevard County economy through sports programming, and the company continues to look for ways to add to the economic impact that sports have on the area.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Thousands of participants are in town to compete in the 2015 First Responder Games, and our local competitors are faring well.

The First Responder Games are an Olympic-style competition for active and retired law enforcement personnel, as well as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and members of the military.

Space Coast Sports Promotions is hosting the event, which runs from Sept. 16-27 at various venues in Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Cocoa, Rockledge and Viera.

“This is a great event that includes 43 different activities,” said Ruby Daniel, Executive Director of Space Coast Sports Promotions.

Among the First Responder Games events are Running, Archery, Basketball, Bench Press, Billiards, Bowling, Cornhole, Crossfit, Cycling, Darts, Equestrian, Fishing, Football, Golf, Grappling, Hockey, Pistol, Poker, Pull Ups, Push / Pull, Racquetball, Shotgun, Skeet, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track, Trap and Volleyball.

For 25 years Space Coast Sports Promotions, under the leadership of Rusty Buchanan, has attracted teams and events, which have spent millions of dollars in Brevard, and hosted hundreds of events, including one of the largest amateur athletic events in the history of amateur games, the 1994 Junior Olympic Games.

Team Brevard Fire with their Bronze medal in Flag Football in the First Responder Games held here in Brevard County. (BCFR image)

Team Brevard Fire displays their Bronze medal in Flag Football at the First Responder Games, which are being held in Brevard County through Sept. 27. (BCFR image)

Lieutenant Mike Destefano medaled with a silver yesterday at the First Responder games for the 220 pound division for a 355 pound bench press. (BCFR image)

Brevard County Fire Rescue Lieutenant Mike Destefano medaled with a silver in the Bench Press event on Saturday at the First Responder games in the 220-pound division with a 355-pound lift. (BCFR image)

As the Florida First Responder Games are taking place right here in Brevard County this weekend, a number of our agency members are competing in various sports. (BCSO image)

As the Florida First Responder Games are taking place right here in Brevard County through Sept. 27, a number of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office members are competing in various sports. Florida First Responder Games BCSO participants included Sgt. Jim Haman, Agent Chris Cardinal, Deputy Kenneth Lampp and Sgt. Mike Charest. (BCSO image)

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