About 140 police officers and firemen visited Mammoth this past week to participate in the [Team America?] World Police and Fire Winter Games, said Police Chief Al Davis.
Davis, as well as Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun, Mammoth Mountain’s Laura Kennedy, and Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s John Urdi were a core team of people that put in a great deal of effort to bring the Games to Mammoth, said reserve police officer Mike Braun, Ingrid’s husband and the event’s principal organizer.
“Mike Braun should be getting paid, he’s putting in so much work to make this happen,” said Sean Frank, owner of LAPoliceGear.com. Bolstered by a generous donation from Frank, the group was able to convince the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF), which already holds an extremely popular Summer Games, to run the new Winter Games under its umbrella.
“I knew if they had a main sponsor that had already pledged funds that would make for a smoother negotiation and make them more likely to say yes,” said Frank, who pledged $20,000 to the cause.