Local peace officers bring home gold
Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer   
July 09, 2013 08:06 pm

A foursome of California and Oregon peace officers traveled to San Diego for the United States Police and Fire Championships June 19 to 21 and brought home 11 medals.

California Department of Corrections officers Randy Scruggs, Jeremiah Quackenbush and Robert Throop, and Oregon State Police Trooper Dan Stinnett formed a four-man team to compete in the bowling competition at the championships and earned a silver medal in the team event.

“We led for the first four games but they picked it up,” Scruggs said of the final game opponent. “The lanes dried up and they got better as the games went on and we got worse.”

Scruggs won two individual golds in the grandmasters division as well as a bronze in the King of the Hill competition in addition to his team silver.

“It feels pretty good,” Scruggs said. “It’s cool to get a gold medal and makes me want to go back next year. I have to go back to defend, don’t I?”

Stinnett won two silver medals in the grandmasters to add to his silver team medal. 

Throop won a silver and a bronze medal in the open division to add to his medal count.

According to Scruggs there were more than 80 bowlers at the competition which pitted peace officers from all over the U.S. in a variety of competitions, along with bowling.