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Monday, March 26, 2012

Firefighter/Medic Competes for a Spot on "America Ninja Warrior"

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

A Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medic is competing for a spot on “America Ninja Warrior.”  Aric Lee, 36 years of age and a 7-year-member of the Fire/EMS Department, is competing in this weeks regional tryouts in Miami, Florida.

Lee, of Alexandria, Virginia, is currently assigned to the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855 and was able to attend the tryouts by using a combination of personal leave and fellow Firefighter/Medics covering his shifts.  If he is successful in advancing to the next level, Lee will compete in the finals held in Las Vegas in late April.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “On behalf of the entire Fire/EMS Department I wish Aric the very best in this competition.  I fully support his efforts and know he brings tremendous agility, strength and tenacity to the competition.  I fully expect him to advance to the finals.”

Lee stated just before leaving for Miami, "I am looking forward to not only representing firefighters and Paramedics/EMT's, but also the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. I may not win, but I am not going there to lose."

America Ninja Warrior is a popular cable TV show whose website states, “American Ninja Warrior 2012!  1 course, 100 finalists. The ultimate obstacle course comes to the US for the first time ever. Will any American have what it takes to become the first American Ninja Warrior?”  The show is broadcast on the G4 network.

To be successful in this competition contestants must be in top physical condition.  There are several videos and pictures of Aric's workouts on his Facebook page.  He will be updating his Facebook page this week posting his progress in Miami.  To follow Aric Lee click here.

Fire Fighter/Medic Lee and the fire station dog. (file photo)

Fire Fighter/Medic Lee (far right) with his crew. (file photo)