Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Summerville Fire Department Over-the-Hill-Gang proved they are more Fantastic Four than over the hill, when they came in second in the world in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, Over-40 team relay October 27.
Missing first place two seconds and they came within one second of breaking the world record, the SFD team beat last year’s world champion – the U.S. Air Force and last year’s second place winner Winston-Salem, NC. It even beat the European all-star team, Team Europe.
The winner of the Over-40 was Waukegan, Il.
The world record for the event is 1.16 and SFD accomplished it in 1.17.
The SFD team ran the challenge with a handicap. It is a four-man team while its competition all have five-man teams.
This is the second championship the team has competed in. It won the Nationals a few weeks ago.
The four-man team is comprised of Kenny Sott, 56, Rodney Profit, 48, Billy Penn, 40 and Mike Quick, 45.
“We just have to work harder,” said Sott. “We had a goal of winning, of course, but this is really our first year of competition and only the second competition…not bad.”
The event was taped by CBS and will be aired sometime in early December, they said.
However, anyone wishing to view it now can do so at firefighterchallenge.com.
So what’s next?
“We’re training now!” said Penn, “for next year.”
The four said it was great to have the support of their department, the town and their families.
“The competition was live streamed around the world,” said Profit, “and the guys here were watching while it was happening and so were our families.”
“We had supporters on the ground, too…Lindsey Penn was there as were Cpt. Jacob Evans’ parents – Ken and Jill Evans – who happened to be in Las Vegas at the time and came to root for us.”
They came in 19th in the entire competition. The top 18 competitors get to go to the Cotton Bowl for the All Star competition.
“However,” said Sott, “we may still get to go if another team can’t make it.”
Scott said those going to the Cotton Bowl get to take part in unfurling a 150-yard flag down the football field. “It takes 350 people to unfurl that flag.”
The World Championships were held in Las Vegas. The team members paid their own hotel, food and other expenses. The SFD covered the airfare for the team members. Others paid their own way. They stayed at the Stratosphere.
“We want to thank the town, the department, the community and our families for their support,” said Profit. “We couldn’t do it without them.”
The team is currently looking for business sponsors.
“We would post a banner with our sponsors names, put articles in the newspaper and have photos, etc., with their logos,” said Penn.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the team should contact Penn or Profit at the Summerville Fire Department.