Moore County Law Enforcement Officers Association sponsored the first “Lift Off” competition on Saturday. The event was hosted by Anytime Fitness in Southern Pines.

Four Teams came together on Saturday to compete in a series of five events: dead-hang pull-ups, back squat, shoulder press, bench press, and dead lift. Teams competing for the prized trophy were Anytime Fitness, Moore County Sheriff’s Office, Southern Pines and Pinehurst Police Departments. Despite the friendly competition, the comradery between all teams was evident.

Ultimately, Team Anytime Fitness squeezed by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office with a 10-pound margin. Individual prizes were also given out for each event; from the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Corporal Rashad Gatling, squatted 500 pounds winning his category, and Deputy Corporal Dustin Hussey dead-lifted 545 pounds winning his event.

Chief Bob Temme, the Southern Pines Police Chief and President of the Moore County Law Enforcement Officers Association, said “While law enforcement came in second place to the Anytime Fitness Team in the competition, we all came out in first place in comradery.”

“We would like to thank Anytime Fitness owners’ Tristan and Hannah Ambrozewski and their staff for the outstanding support”, stated officials with Moore County Law Enforcement agencies.

“Quite a few members turned out to volunteer and support the association.  A special thanks to Lieutenant Robert Heaton from the Southern Pines Police Department who spearheaded this event from start to finish. Also, a giant thank you to Anytime Fitness who not only sponsored and hosted the event but donated $1,000 to the Moore County Law Enforcement Officers Association. They also gave away annual gym memberships to all the participants” said Chief Bob Temme.

Courtesy photos from Moore County Sheriff’s Office

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