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Alhambra Police Officer Beatriz Rueda participated in the annual United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) sponsored Olympic style games for athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders from June 10 through June 19 in San Diego and took home six gold medals in swimming and push-pull, a weight lifting event. These athletes competed in 50 different sports.
Officer Rueda grew up and went to school locally with many childhood memories of Alhambra. She played basketball on her college women’s team while majoring in sociology. She also served as a lifeguard/swim instructor for seven years. But it was always powerlifting that was and is her passion.
After college, she enrolled in Rio Hondo’s Police Academy program in 2017 and last year was recruited by the Alhambra Police Department. The San Diego games were her first chance to represent the department in athletic competition, and she did not disappoint, coming away with nothing but gold.
First she won the gold medal in the push-pull event. Three days later she got in the pool and really showed her stuff. In her age category, she placed first in the 50-yard free style, 50-yard breast stroke, 50-yard back stroke, 100-yard free style, and 100-yard breast stroke.
What’s next for Officer Rueda? She said that first of all she wants to get through her probationary period, which will end in November. After that, she looks forward to earning her promotions. Like many police officers, she would like to be involved in detective work. When she is not on duty, she has, for six years now, participated in online coaching of clients and powerlifting athletes through a local gym.