‘Rock Hard Cop Physical Challenge’ held at Hill for National Police Week

May 17 2013 - 1:07am

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Staff Sgt. Nick Bricker (right) pulls a Humvee during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday in Layton.
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Staff Sgt. Nick Bricker does push-ups during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week on Thursday in Layton.
Master Sergeant Daniel Bosche yells at Staff Sgt. Chris Jones during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Master Sgt. Cory Berdinner runs part of a relay during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Master Sgt. Chris Chopp runs part of a relay during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Airman First Class Brecken Catmull pulls a Humvee during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
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Staff Sgt. Nick Bricker (right) pulls a Humvee during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday in Layton.
NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner 
Staff Sgt. Nick Bricker does push-ups during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week on Thursday in Layton.
Master Sergeant Daniel Bosche yells at Staff Sgt. Chris Jones during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Master Sgt. Cory Berdinner runs part of a relay during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Master Sgt. Chris Chopp runs part of a relay during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Airman First Class Brecken Catmull pulls a Humvee during the fitness challenge organized by the Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron as part of National Police Week Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Layton, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Air Force Airman 1st Class Lydia Tejera learned she has to be ready for anything, including pulling a 2,000-pound Humvee.

Tejera arrived at the base only two weeks ago, but she was recruited to participate in the "Rock Hard Cop Physical Challenge" at 9 a.m. Thursday.

She didn't know until she got to the site of the competition that the events included pulling a Humvee.

"I've never pulled a Humvee before," the young woman from California said.

Five teams were participating in the event, with four of the teams from the 75th Security Forces Squadron and one team from the 419th Fighter Wing.

The event was sponsored by the 75th Security Forces Squadron and was one of several activities planned for National Police Week, which began Monday with a golf tournament. The events conclude today with a memorial retreat and wreath presentation, said Maj. Timothy McCarty, commander of the squadron.

National Police Week began in 1962 and is now observed in 42 countries, McCarty said.

It took Tejera's team 54 seconds to pull the Humvee 100 yards, and that didn't even put them in the top three.

Air Force Master Sgt. Nick Bricker's team was first up on the Humvee pull, but it placed second.

"Starting off was hard," Bricker said, panting to catch his breath.

His team members said they had to move their legs at the same time to move the machine.

As they walked back to watch the next team, Bricker pointed to the team preparing to pull the Humvee and said, "Those guys are the Clydesdales. We're just mini-horses."

That team, which consisted of leadership from the 75th Squadron, took first place, pulling the massive vehicle in 43 seconds.

Other events that tested the teams' physical strength were a pushup competition, a tug of war, an 800-yard relay race, a "Keep in Memory System" drill and a dead man carry.

Bricker was chosen by his teammates for the pushup competition. The five competitors had to do as many push-ups as they could, in correct form, in two minutes.

"Don't stop," onlookers shouted at Bricker.

"Come on, you can do 20 more," another onlooker shouted, as the timer yelled "40 more seconds."

Bricker finished that event completing 112 pushups.

The teams were given a five-minute break to get some water and rest before regrouping.

The squadron has always hosted events during police week to honor those in law enforcement, but this was the first year the squadron hosted the physical challenge.

Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Bosche said the squadron hopes that next year law enforcement agencies in the area will join them.

The squadron has 300 members and at any given time, 50 to 70 members are deployed in other areas of the world, working as combat patrol and on other missions.

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