The Johnstown Police Department brought home seven gold, two silver and five bronze medals from the Ohio Police and Fire Games held June 14-19 in Canton.

The Johnstown Police Department brought home seven gold, two silver and five bronze medals from the Ohio Police and Fire Games held June 14-19 in Canton.

Leading the department with six gold medals was Police Chief Don Corbin, who set records in the 65-69 age category in various running categories. The events and his winning times were: 10K Run, 53:58; 5K Cross Country Race, 26:10; 3200 meter, 15:43; 1500 meter, 7:05; 800 meter, 3:15; and 400 meter, 1:32.

Officer Jason Bowman earned gold, silver and bronze medals in the combat pistol challenge, as well as bronze medals for both the steel challenge and overall pistol shooting.

Bowman's canine partner Vox competed with 10 others to win a silver in narcotics detection/ buildings. Vox also brought home a bronze in narcotics detection/vehicles and another bronze for overall in narcotics detection.

Bowman, 28, is in his fifth year as a Johnstown police officer. This year marked his second time competing in the games -- and Vox's, as well.

"Vox won one medal in 2007," Bowman told The Independent, and the credit all goes to the dog, a Belgium Malonise.

"It's all him," Bowman said. "I'm just on the other end of the leash. He has to find (the drugs) and tell me where they're at."

In preparing for the pistol contests, Bowman said he tried to shoot weekly.

Corbin, 65, began training in February for the games, where he previously set all-time running records in 2005.

While Corbin trained four years ago with former Johnstown-Monroe cross country coach Vic Thompson and the high school team, he turned to Gahanna's Second Sole general manager Randy Benedict this time around.

"I went there a year ago to buy shoes and we got to talking," Corbin said. "He said he'd be glad to help, if I needed a trainer."

Pushing Corbin to reach his full potential, Benedict wouldn't consider less when the chief pulled what he called the "age card."

"In writing workouts, it's important to help an individual to reach his potential," Benedict told The Independent. "Don is so capable for anyone of any age.

"I think the expectation was intimidating to him at first. I think he surprised himself on many occasions."

Benedict said Corbin's dedication paid off with his success at the games.

"The hard work he has put in is amazing at any age," Benedict said. "The community should be proud of him."

When Corbin is asked what motivates him, Officer Bowman chimes in: "Knowing he can outrun us.

"He ran me into the dirt one day," Bowman added.

Corbin said he never asks his officers to do anything that he can't do.

"I have an aptitude for running," he added. "I like running. The health benefits far outweigh anything else you can do."

He admits his physician has said his fitness isn't "typical" for a man of his maturity.

"I was told that my dad was quite a runner, but we didn't talk about that before he passed away," Corbin said. "So it may be in the genes."

His training for the games included a long run on Saturdays, two maintenance runs and speed work twice a week.

"Randy was grueling on the track work," Corbin said.

He logged 40 miles a week, listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Eagles, Credence Clearwater Revival and "Rocky" theme music on his iPod during long runs.

If anyone happens to break one of his records at future games, Corbin said he will return in an effort to better the time.

In the immediate future, his next challenge is to raise the most donations for his team -- The Police -- in Johnstown's second annual Relay for Life, a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

"Then I'll go back to work on 5K runs," he said. "That's my favorite race. I'm working to get under 21."

In addition to Corbin's all-time records at the games, Johnstown offficer Rusty Smart also holds all-time records for the Super Weight Throw, 22 feet, 8 inches and Weight Throw open, 34 feet, 10 inches, both established in 2007.

According to the Ohio Police and Fire Games Web site, the purpose of the program is to support the physical and mental fitness of Ohio's active and retired law enforcement and firefighter personnel and military police and firefighters by promoting physical fitness and sport within their communities through the development, organization and coordination of sporting events.