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Make Memories Worthy of the Record Books

The 2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games wrapped up 7 days of competition on July 24. Thunder Bay played host to 571 competitors and their families from 18 U.S. states and 7 Canadian provinces as well as Australia, England and Ukraine. Several competitors registered for multiple events resulting in a total of 1,880 event entries.

“Five years of planning has paid off and led to a very successful Games experience,” says Thunder Bay Police Chief and Games Board Chair J.P. Levesque. “Thunder Bay has once again stepped up and shown what true hospitality means and displayed the true spirit of volunteerism. Competitors gave it their best in their events, had fun and met new friends and comrades. This is exactly what we had hoped for.”

“On behalf of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation we want to send out a big thank you to Games Chair and Police Chief J.P. Levesque and the rest of the Thunder Bay organizing committee for a wonderful week of camaraderie and fitness for all of our competitors and their families,” says Bill Merrrylees, CEO of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation. “Many competitors approached me this week to tell me how much they enjoyed the venues and socials and say how nice the volunteers were and made them feel at home. Thank you Thunder Bay!!”

Hosting an international event of this calibre is only possible with the support of the community and expectations were exceeded with 544 volunteers and over 100 sponsors coming on board. Organizers would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, competitors and spectators for helping to “Make Memories Worthy of the Record Books.”

Presented by Tbaytel, the 2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games were held July 16 to 24. The Games are a not-for-profit event in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Special Olympics. An announcement will follow in the weeks ahead regarding the amount raised for these worthwhile charities.

Started in 1977, the Can-Am Police-Fire Games promote physical fitness and camaraderie among and between law enforcement, fire, emergency and protective services personnel and their agencies. The Games are held every two years in either Canada or the U.S.

The next Games will be held in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri in 2018. For details go to