Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Berry, a nationally recognized hunter and teacher, recently competed at the World Police and Fire Games and won every event.
"Given my love for the sport of archery, I decided this was one event I wanted to tackle," Berry said. "I talked it over with my wife, April, and Sheriff Brad Delay, with both saying 'Go for it.' "
Competition was held in Canada, Berry was accompanied by his wife. Berry said he had no idea what to expect from such a large 10-day event. Fellow competitors came from 55 countries.
Events on the first day were held at the Burnaby Lake Archery Complex in British Columbia.
"I shot an Archery 900 round in meters," Berry said. "We would shoot 30 arrows at each of the following distances 40, 50 and 60 meters. I was able to secure a win by a margin of 11 points."
Taking the gold medal in the first round bouyed Berry for the second day at Semiahmoo Archery Club located in Surrey, British Columbia. The competition involved shooting 56 arrows in a 3-D setting in old growth timber. Shots ranged from 18 to 50 yards. Only arrows hitting the center three circles counted for 10, 8 or 5 points.
"With a possible score of 560 points, I shot a 546, winning my second gold metal," Berry said.
In the process he set a new record for the World Police and Fire Games in the 3-D Archery event.
By the final event Berry had already surpassed all his expectations. The last event would prove the most challenging. Berry faced a course with 24 targets on top of a mountain at the Port Coquitlam District Hunting and Fishing Club located in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Competitors shot four arrows at targets from 20 feet to 80 yards away.
"I was able to win this event with my greatest margin of victory of 19 points and being only 1 point of the record," Berry said.
"I am honored to have fared so well in my representation for Lawrence County Sheriff's Department," Berry added.