Harker Heights Police Officer Ed Kime took home the gold for his sharpshooting prowess at the World Police and Fire Olympics, held Aug. 7-16 in Los Angeles, California.
Kime competed and medaled in the international and host country large-bore rifle matches.
The international match was conducted at a distance of 600 yards; the host country match was conducted at 300 yards.
Kime scored 573 out of 600 and 571 out of 600 for each competition, respectively, earning two gold medals — going up against 83 out of 290 competitors in the event.
He was also able to meet with the Taiwanese contingent with whom he had competed and marked scores with in the 2015 Police and Fire Olympics held in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kime was accompanied by his youngest son, Evan, to the Games in California.
He joked about his son’s somewhat tedious side of the adventure.
“During the Games, there were parts that were a little boring for Evan,” Kime laughed. “The first day was killer: it lasted 16 hours. However, he did get to hang out with the Taiwanese contingent and he got to meet people from India, France and Germany, so he got a lot of culture in between the spikes of boredom.”
Kime and his son are taking the long way home back from California. They have enjoyed numerous sightseeing opportunities and tourist attractions on their cross-country trip, including a stop at Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona. Evan was impressed with seeing the site in-person with his father.
“I thought it was pretty amazing since the meteor was only the size of a house but the crater is miles across,” he said in a phone interview last week. “It was also great because I got to see it with my dad in person and not in a book.”
Ed Kime said, “It’s cool that we get to do this because when I was in the Army, all I did was deploy,” said Kime, a retired Army flight instructor. “Since 2012, when I joined the Harker Heights Police Department, Evan and I have gotten to be together more, and this is the first time he and I have ever taken a road trip together. This all worked out really well and I’m glad that he and I could do it.”
The next competition will be held in 2019 in Chengdu, China.
“I’ve got to check my schedule for that one,” Kime joked. “It’s a really long trip!”
Kime grew up outside of Austin and retired from the Army after 30 years of service. He has been on the Harker Heights police force for five years.