Conservation officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks claimed the title of Fittest in the Nation after winning the 16th annual National LawFit Challenge held in June at Pearl in record-setting fashion. 

Over 135 law enforcement officers from around the country competed in this year’s event, which tests officers in 6 different events: bench press, 1.5 mile run, sit-ups, flexibility, pull-ups, and a suspect pursuit course. 

The MDWFP team consisted of Capt. Chris Reed, Lt. Marcus Christon, SGM Ron McMillan, Cpl. Justin Gates, Pvt. Derrick Scott, and Pvt. Tamarrius Good. All six placed in the top 16 with Scott, Christon, and Gates sweeping the top three spots. 

Scott won the overall individual title, establishing a new record with 424 points. It broke the previous record of 418 set in 2015 by teammate Christon, who also topped his previous mark with 422 points. 

The MDWFP also set records for the 4-man team competition with 1,618 points (Scott, Christon, Gates, Reed), and for most points by a 2-man team with 846 (Scott, Christon). 

Justin Gates set the bench press record by lifting 226 percent of his bodyweight.

“Our officers are the best of the best and this weekend’s competition shows that,” said Col. Steve Adcock, chief of enforcement. “I am extremely proud of all six of these officers who represented themselves and their agency in such a positive light. Job well done.”