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Folsom police officers bring home gold

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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One Folsom police officer took gold in the 2009 Western States Police and Fire Games, while a second officer took silver. Officer James Dorris, an avid boxing and mixed martial arts fan, brought home the gold medal in the amateur with a third-round knock out during the games. Dorris became the first California police officer to win the gold medal in two different weight classes, officials said. The City of Santa Clarita recently hosted the 2009 Western States Police and Fire Games. The Folsom Police Department was represented by three officers who competed in five separate events. Dorris was a junior college football stand-out before beginning his law enforcement career nine years ago. His next fight is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Raley Field. Sgt. Ron Peterson, who is no stranger to the police and fire games, has competed 13 years at the track and field events. This year, Peterson brought home four silver medals and a bronze, which joins his collection of annually achieved games medals. Officer Warner Herndon has competed the past several years in the Pig Bowl and Police and Fire Games. This year, Warner and his teammates competed at bowling and 5-versus-5 basketball.