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GOP governor participates in SWAT team challenge; former Navy SEAL still has what it takes

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The governor wasn’t going to let the SWAT teams have all the fun.

When Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was invited to participate in the Chris Parson’s Southeast Missouri SWAT Challenge in Fredericktown, Missouri over the weekend, he gave an enthusiastic yes.

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The Republican governor is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, so such competition is second nature to him.

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Saturday’s event was the fifth annual competition held in honor of the fallen officer, according to local CBS affiliate KFVS-12 News, which reported:

The SWAT Challenge is dedicated to Deputy Chris Parsons, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 15, 2012 as a member of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputy Parsons started his career at the Fredericktown Police Department where he was hired straight out of the Police Academy.


Teams from Missouri, Illinois, and Florida participated to honor the fallen officer, as did Greitens.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here to honor Officer Parsons and all of the law enforcement officers who sacrifice so much for all of us,” he told 12 News.

“We have law enforcement officers all over the state who every night they put on body armor, they strap on a sidearm and they walk out into the dark to do dangerous work to keep all of us safe and we need to remember that.”

So how’d Greitens do? See for yourself. KFVS-12 News reporter Mike Mohundro was on hand to capture the action, and he posted it to his personal Facebook page.

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