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Firefighters carry weight in competition

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
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Levi Rust and Brandon Peyton

Levi Rust and Brandon Peyton

Decatur firefighters Brandon Peyton and Levi Rust took home medals in powerlifting at the Texas Firefighter Summer Games in Mansfield.

Rust won gold in the 220-pound weight division. He lifted a total of 1,100 pounds between bench press, squat and dead lift.

“I went in there expecting not to do as good as I did, but I ended up getting first which was cool,” Rust said. “A bunch of firemen come together and cheer each other on. It’s a cool atmosphere to be around.”

Peyton finished second in the 275-pound weight class, lifting a total of 1,300 pounds. He deadlifted 530 pounds, squatted 490 and benched 280.

Rust and Peyton spent countless hours training on their off days. The duo work the same shift at the fire department, and it was Peyton who talked Rust into competing.

Peyton had participated in the event the last three years but said it was special to have a fellow Decatur firefighter competing alongside him.

“Levi and I train together and work together, so to me it was cool that we got to go do something that we train all the time for,” Peyton said. “It’s not super competitive. All the guys are super nice. People always say firefighters are a brotherhood, and it really shows at events like that.”

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