Tracy CHP officer wins gold at world police games
by Anumita Kaur
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Justin Miller (far right), a California Highway Patrol officer at the Tracy office, leads the field in the 100-meter dash during the World Police and Fire Games this month in Belfast, Ireland. Miller did not place in the dash, but he won gold in pole vault and silver in long jump and the 4x100 relay.  Photo courtesy Justin Miller
Justin Miller (far right), a California Highway Patrol officer at the Tracy office, leads the field in the 100-meter dash during the World Police and Fire Games this month in Belfast, Ireland. Miller did not place in the dash, but he won gold in pole vault and silver in long jump and the 4x100 relay. Photo courtesy Justin Miller
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California Highway Patrol officer Justin Miller spent the first week of August in Belfast, Ireland, competing among 7,000 police, border security and prison officers, firefighters and retired officers in the World Police and Fire Games.

Miller, 34, earned a gold medal in pole vault, along with a silver medal in long jump and a silver medal in the 4x100 relay. He also competed in the 100-meter dash and high jump.

“It was eye-opening to see the turnout and level of competition,” Miller said. “It was nice to see all the hard work pay off.”

The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial event for police and fire athletes to compete in 56 different sports. Miller, a Manteca native, joined the CHP six years ago and has worked from the Tracy CHP office for four years. He qualified for the world games after competing in the United States Police and Fire Games.

“I’ve been involved in track and field for a long time,” Miller said. “I’m always looking for venues to compete in.”

After training for nearly two years as the track and field coach at Sierra High School in Manteca, Miller traveled to Ireland to compete in five events.

“I’ve been running track and field for 25 years,” he said. “It was standard for me.”

Miller’s favorite event was the pole vault, he said, because “it was the hardest.”

“I’ve been doing it for a while and I’m still learning,” he said. “It’s still a challenge.”

About 20,000 people watched the competition, and about 2,500 volunteers helped run the event, according to the world games website.

“It was a very friendly, very positive atmosphere,” he said. “There was a deep respect for the officers in the community.”

Miller plans to compete in the World Police and Fire Games again in 2015 to “get the world record for pole vaulting.”

For Miller, however, the sight of 7,000 police and fire officers from 70 countries rallying together meant more than any awards.

“It wasn’t really the medals that changed anything for me,” he said. “It was the experience of seeing the community come out and support us.”

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