Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Officer Has Power of the Force Brunswick Cop Wins Weightlifting Prize

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Officer Has Power of the Force Brunswick Cop Wins Weightlifting Prize

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BRUNSWICK -- A Brunswick police officer muscled his way to a

regional weightlifting championship last month and has set his

sights on hefting a statewide title.

Officer Keith B. Jenkins, 36, won first place in the bench

press for the Super-Heavyweight Weightlifting Division on April

12 during the 1997 Greater Savannah Law Enforcement Competition.

Jenkins, who weighs 220 pounds, lifted 375 pounds to win the

division title in the regional event that featured 16

weightlifters from law enforcement agencies throughout Southeast


He also brought home a trophy marking his third-place overall

finish in the weightlifting event.

"People tease me all the time about lifting cars and trucks,

but I don't do that. I just lift weights," Jenkins said May 5,

breaking into a shy grin.

Jenkins, who is soft-spoken and humble when talking about his

weightlifting, hopes to compete in the 1997 Georgia Police and

Fire Olympic Games June 16-21 in LaGrange.

"I want to go and do the best I possibly can," Jenkins said.

Police officers and firefighters from departments across the

state will compete in a variety of sporting events, including

weightlifting, during the six-day competition.

The weightlifters will be judged on their style and technique

as well as how many pounds they can lift, police officials said.

Jenkins, a patrol officer, joined the Brunswick Police

Department about a year ago after serving as a law enforcement

officer in Liberty County. He previously was a combat engineer

in the Army for 10 years. He earned many military weightlifting

trophies during his military stint.

"I've wanted to lift weights all my life," said Jenkins, who is

the only member of his family to take up the sport. "When I was

young, I set goals for myself, things that I wanted to do. I

wanted to do martial arts, join the military, become a police

officer and lift weights. And it's all come true."

Jenkins credits his fellow officers, including Brunswick Police

Chief T.C. Cowan, with contributing to his current success. His

colleagues have given him moral support, encouragement and

helped him juggle his training schedule so it does not interfere

with his police duties, Jenkins said. …

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