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Opening Arguments

Fitness for duty

I feel for this guy:

ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. -- Town Marshal Gary Darland dropped 24 pounds training for the rigorous physical tests he needed to pass to keep his job.

But after less than a year on the job, Darland resigned Monday about five weeks before he would have faced a 300-meter sprint, a 1.5-mile run and other physical challenges.

The 62-year-old said he realized the battery of physical tests would have been impossible for him to pass.
"I felt like I'd be wasting the next month trying to do something impossible," he said. "I thought I could do this, but when it got down to the time to do it, I thought, I can't."
According to the Indiana Law Enforcement fitness standards, candidates have to be able to do a vertical jump of 16 inches, do 29 sit-ups in a minute, do 25 push-ups, comlpete the 300-meter spring in 71 seconds and run 1.5 miles in 16 minutes, 29 seconds. I doubt if I could have done all that when I was in the Army and 19.


larry morris
Wed, 03/12/2008 - 9:20am

Based on some of the county sheriffs and deputies I know down here, it's obvious to me that we don't have any such restrictions, ... perhaps he needs to come down here and apply for the job

Bob G.
Wed, 03/12/2008 - 11:23am

Wow...even my MY age (55), that's pretty doable for me (the requirements).
Then again, I did the 100 yd dash in high school in 10.4 seconds (and the teacher thought he read the stopwatch wrong and made me do it AGAIN...same results).
That was fast in 1968!
(ask Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys)

And NO ONE "needs" to be able to RUN a stinking mile these days...for ANY reason (unless you're Forrest Gump).

Thankfully, the military (or any other "job" since) never asked me to do such things...lol!


(pass me an eclair, will 'ya?)

Larry Morris
Wed, 03/12/2008 - 2:29pm

Bob, ... bragger, ...

Bob G.
Thu, 03/13/2008 - 8:54am

To quote Walter Brennan in The Guns of Will Sonnett:
"No brag...just fact".

Cripes I'm still only 140 lbs (30 over my high school weight)...and that was 38 years ago!
Blame my parents!
(and Subway....LMAO)