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  2008 Hall of Fame Dinner / Inductees

Sgt. Gary Rosso (Retired)

Gary joined the San Jose Police Department in 1963. Gary, along with a few other officers felt it was important to start a program at the San Jose Police Department to help and encourage officers to get involved in sporting events and participation in the California Police Olympics. Gary was the original President of the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation and held that position for 6 years. In 1976, the San Jose Police Department hosted the 10th California Police Olympics. Gary was the Co-Executive Director of the games and was in charge of all athletic events. In 1985, the San Jose Police Department hosted the 1st World Police & Fire Games. There were over 4500 participants from over 15 countries. Again, Gary was the Co-Executive Director and in charge of all athletic events. Gary helped set the standard of excellence for future World Police & Fire Games. For having the fore thought and dedication to form the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation, Sgt. Gary Rosso is the 1st inductee into the Police Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame.

Officer Rod Avery (Retired)

Rod joined the San Jose Police Department in 1971. He joined the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Board of Directors as an original member in 1978, then became the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Secretary in 1980. Rod became President of the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation in 1982. Rod was PAAF President when the San Jose Police Department hosted the 1st World Police & Fire Games. Rod became the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Chief Financial Officer in 1986 and kept this position until 1992. Rod organized the 1st San Jose Police Department soccer team and had them participate in the California Police Olympics in Humboldt County. That first team took a silver medal. Rod and his soccer teams won several Silver and Bronze medals at the California Police Olympics. They also participated in the World Police & Fire Games and the International Police Olympics. Once Rod’s body told him to no longer participate in soccer, he listened and changed to participating in Golf. He and his golf partner, Walt Tibbet won several medals in Golf. For being a major driving force in developing athletics within the San Jose Police Department and for establishing the foundation for success of the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation, Officer Rod Avery is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

Assistant Chief Walt Adkins (Retired)

Walt joined the San Jose Police Department in 1969, and in 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief. Walt participated in his first California Police Olympics in 1970 in Long Beach. He won a Gold medal in the 120 yard High Hurdles and a Bronze medal in the 4x100 Sprint Relay with Fred Dawson, Mike Nichols and Ton Raines. Walt continued competing in Track & Field throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. He went undefeated for several years in the Decathlon, 10 Track & Field events in 2 day competition. International and National Police & Fire Olympic events have taken Walt to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Memphis, Tennessee, Hawaii, Vancouver British Columbia and New York City. At the New York Nationals, Walt won a Silver medal finishing 2nd by 11 inches to a 6’5”, 285 lb New York cop who had been a defensive lineman for the New York Jets. Recently, Walt competed in an AAU sanctioned National Push and Pull weight lifting competition in Las Vegas. He tied for First place in the Open Bench Press in the 60 – 65 age group. He lifted 297 lbs which set a record for all Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Military participants. For his outstanding athletic achievements in both Track & Field and in Basketball, Walt Adkins is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

Sgt. Jim Spence (Retired)

Jim the San Jose Police Department in 1970 and was promoted to Sgt. in 1981. Jim participated in his 1st California Police & Fire Games in 1971 in San Francisco playing Basketball and Water Polo. As the Police Olympics grew new sports were introduced. Jim played the first year Soccer and Roller Hockey were introduced. Jim is one of only a few that is versatile enough and good enough to have participated in 9 different California Police Olympic events: Basketball, Water Polo, Fast Pitch Softball, Soccer, Decathlon, Slow Pitch Softball, Golf Volleyball and Roller Hockey. Jim medaled in each of these sports. Jim showed his versatility and sports talent by also participating in the International Police Winter Games, the Canadian Ski Championships and the North American Police Ski Championships. He competed in Slalomn, Giant Slalomn and Downhill. These events have taken Jim to Innsbruck, Austria, Whistler, Canada, and Davos, Switzerland. Jim medaled in each of these winter events. Jim has been a charted member of the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation. Jim was elected to the PAAF Board of Directors in 2001 serving a term as Chief Financial Officer. He retired in 2001 and still serves a Director as a member of the PAAF Board. For his outstanding athletic achievements in 9 different Summer Games sports and 3 different Winter Games sports and for his dedication and guidance on the PAAF Board of Directors, Jim is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

Sgt. Candy Lopez (Retired)

Candy joined the San Jose Police Department in 1976. Candy was a member of the San Jose Police Department Soccer team for 19 years winning 1 Silver and 5 Bronze medals. As impressive as that is, it pales to his numerous boxing career titles and other sporting accomplishments [download the PDF]. He is the only California Police Olympic competitor to win Gold medals in 3 different decades, the 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s and the only California Police Olympic competitor to be undefeated over an extended career. Candy was a member of the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Board of Directors from 1983 – 2005, serving a term as Vice-President. For his outstanding Boxing talents in the California Police Olympics, for his outstanding coaching talents with youth in the community, for his outstanding coaching talents with Santa Clara University and San Jose State University and for his outstanding coaching talents with the United States Olympic Team, Sgt. Candy Lopez is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

Officer Chacha Ramon

Chacha joined the San Jose Police Department in 1982 and competed in the California Police Olympics for the first time in 1983 in San Diego. Chacha has competed in 16 different California Police Olympics events : 400 meter run, 800 meter run, 5000 meter run, 10k Cross Country Run, Marathon Road Race, 30 Mile Cycling Road Race, Cycling Time Trials, TCA ( Toughest Cop Alive ) Individual Event, TCA ( Toughest Cop Alive ) Team Event with Greg Corver, Triathlon Individual Event, Triathlon Team Event With the late Rich Erickson, Biathlon – Run and Shooting, Volleyball, Softball and Tug of War. Chacha has won 41 Gold, Silver and Bronze California Police Olympic medals. Chacha served on the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Board of Directors from 1988 to 2001, serving a term as Chief Financial Officer. Chacha was the Assistant Executive Director of the 2001 California Police and Fire Games Hosted by the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation and the San Jose Police Department. For her outstanding athletic achievements in 16 different California Police Olympics events, winning 41 medals and for her outstanding work while on the PAAF Board, Chacha is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

Officer Ron Hughes

Ron joined the San Jose Police Department in 1990. Ron has excelled in Wrestling through High School, Jr. College, college and as a San Jose Police Officer. Ron first competed in the California Police Olympics in 1992. Ron’s wrestling accomplishments / medals are numerous [download the PDF]. In 1994 the California Police Olympics introduced Greco Roman Wrestling as a new event. From 1994 to 2003 and again in 2006, Ron never lost a Greco Roman match going undefeated for 10 years. For his outstanding athletic achievements and for his dedication to the sport of Wrestling, Ron is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.