The California Police Olympics were first held in 1967. The concept evolved over the years and led to the creation of the World Police & Fire Games Federation—a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation—in 1983. Two years later, in 1985, the first World Police & Fire Games were held in San Jose, California, USA, with nearly 5,000 competitors. (excerpt from www.cpaf.org)
During the 1980's-90's, the USPF was very involved with the CA Police Olympics and World Police & Fire Games Powerlifting competitions with numerous USPF records being made/broken.
The Vintage Records and photos are from these meets and era.
-Photo is of Bill Hartmann receiving his 2004 USPF CA Powerlifting Hall of Fame Cerificate.
Any USPF photos, vintage documents, etc., that you would like to contribute towards this site are welcomed.
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My personal collection is limited. Any USPF photos, vintage documents, etc.,
that you would like to contribute towards this page are welcomed. Please send to SheriHartmann@USPFtheLegend.com.
A special thank you to those listed below for their contributions so lifters, their families, and others may enjoy viewing all the great achievements and accomplishments.
You will find their names throughout the pages of these Results & Records as they were each great lifters during this era.
Both are inductees in the USPF CA Powerlifting Hall of Fame, including Law Enforcement & Fire.
Bit of info ~
Tom Eldridge, retired Los Angeles County Fire Department Asst. Fire Chief, was instrumental in implementing powerlifting into the CA Fireman Olympics. The yearly event's location alternates between northern and southern CA. Tom ran the southern event along with keeping all of the CA Fireman Olympics' powerlifting records until his demise in 1991.
Danni Hartmann Eldridge, a "pioneer" in powerlifting, was the first woman to lift in the CA Police Olympics. The following year, 1981, she started the Women's Law Enforcement Powerlifting Division in the CA Police Olympics. She was awarded "Athlete of the Year" for L.A.S.D in 1982 (photo on left).
Retired L.A.P.D. ~ Inductee in the USPF CA Powerlifting Hall of Fame, including Law Enforcement & Fire.
Retired Alameda Co. DA ~ Inductee in the USPF CA Powerlifting Hall of Fame, including Law Enforcement & Fire.
(Once Push/Pull replaced Full Power, USPF was no longer involved.)
Pictured at the CA Police Olympics in the early 1980's.
Just a few of their Law Enforcement Powerlifting accomplishments:
Both Inductees in the USPF CA Powerlifting Hall of Fame.
Both National & World Champions and Record holders.
Bill Hartmann ~ L.A.P.D. Athlete of the Decade
Danni Hartmann Eldridge ~ L.A.S.D. Athlete of the Year