CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Retired Chula Vista Police Officer Mark Croshier qualified for one of the largest multi-sport events in the world.
The Fairfax World Police and Fire games draw more than 12,000 athletes from over 70 different countries who compete in 1,600 medal events across 40 sports.
"It’s a big to do and to think that this guy from Chula Vista is going to be a part of it. I'm excited," Croshier said.
Since retiring as a police officer, 83-year-old Croshier has spent the last 8 years winning hundreds of medals and set 10 different records in his age group.
But for him competing is not about the hardware. Croshier said swimming is his medicine and the games are an opportunity to meet others who dedicate their lives to public safety.
"It's kind of neat that I'm around people that dedicated themselves to the community. I did the same thing here to the community," said Croshier. "I lived and breathed it. My family and my kids suffered because of it for almost 30 years. I didn't miss a call. I was there for them and these were my people and this was my city. It darn near killed me. That is why this is a refuge for me to be in this water. I'm at peace."
Croshier's passion for swimming and competing will not go away anytime soon. His bucket list includes trips to the 2017 and 2019 World Games.
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