East Texas police chief earns gold medal in powerlifting - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

East Texas police chief earns gold medal in powerlifting

(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)
HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas police chief has proven himself as one of the strongest in the state. Henderson Police Chief James Pierson brought home a gold medal after competing alongside hundreds of officers at the Texas Police Games.

He's been with the department for 28 years. When he's not protecting and serving, he’s in the gym spotting, encouraging and doing the occasional lift.

In June his strength earned him a gold medal in powerlifting.

"A group of officers compete across the board against each other," James Pierson said.

There are three components to a power lifting competition: bench press, squat and deadlift.

"You have three attempts at a back squat. You take your best lift from there and you move on to bench press. Then you have three attempts in bench press. Then you move on to deadlifts and it's the same routine again," James Pierson said.

Pierson said it was his wife who inspired him to compete.

"I actually signed up for powerlifting so she could compete," James Pierson said.

She said her lifting method helped her win a silver medal in the guest division.

"I just lift them. It's always easier that way if you don't know what you're lifting," Nelda Pierson said.

Detective Jennifer Bearden took home a bronze medal and is already training for her next competition in August.

"Just do better than the time before," Bearden said.

Chief Pierson is retiring, and his last day with the department is July 26.He plans to continue competing in the retired officers division. Chief Pierson also earned two bronze medals in karate at the Texas Police Games.

Related: Marshall officer nabs five medals in Texas Police Games

Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    1 dead, 1 injured in Tyler wreck

    1 dead, 1 injured in Tyler wreck

    Sunday, October 22 2017 7:37 PM EDT2017-10-22 23:37:48 GMT

    From the Tyler Police Department On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:16 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 8300 block of Paluxy Drive on a head-on collision. Upon arrival by EMS and Tyler Fire it was determined that that one driver was deceased and the other driver was pinned in. Accident investigators said that a 2014 GMC Sierra driven by Dakota Payne, W/M, age 27, of Diana, Texas was traveling northbound on Paluxy and drove into the southbound lane striking a 2000 GMC Yukon head-on....

    More >>

    From the Tyler Police Department On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:16 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 8300 block of Paluxy Drive on a head-on collision. Upon arrival by EMS and Tyler Fire it was determined that that one driver was deceased and the other driver was pinned in. Accident investigators said that a 2014 GMC Sierra driven by Dakota Payne, W/M, age 27, of Diana, Texas was traveling northbound on Paluxy and drove into the southbound lane striking a 2000 GMC Yukon head-on....

    More >>
  • Longview Fire Department responds to residential fire

    Longview Fire Department responds to residential fire

    Sunday, October 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-10-22 23:09:49 GMT

    The Longview Fire Department responded to a residential fire on the corner of Alpine Road and Bolivar Street in Longview. Five fire engines responded. Witnesses stated that flames were appearing out of the house. The fire is under control but is not completely out yet. The firefighters conducted a primary search and concluded the home was clear of people. Further details will be released when they become available.   Copyright 2017 KLTV. All Rights Reserved.

    More >>

    The Longview Fire Department responded to a residential fire on the corner of Alpine Road and Bolivar Street in Longview. Five fire engines responded. Witnesses stated that flames were appearing out of the house. The fire is under control but is not completely out yet. The firefighters conducted a primary search and concluded the home was clear of people. Further details will be released when they become available.   Copyright 2017 KLTV. All Rights Reserved.

    More >>
  • Severe thunderstorm watch issued for ETX counties

    Severe thunderstorm watch issued for ETX counties

    Sunday, October 22 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-10-22 11:30:29 GMT

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for several East Texas counties through 7 a.m. Sunday.

    More >>

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for several East Texas counties through 7 a.m. Sunday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly