Bench-pressing correctional officer channels grief into competition

Thomas Davis, a correctional officer with Elkhart County, is hoping to break the all-time world record for his division at the USAPLA National Championship


By C1 Staff

OSCEOLA, Ind. – A correctional officer is hoping to turn grief into positive energy as he competes in the national championship for bench pressing in Pennsylvania.

ABC News reports that Thomas Davis, a correctional officer with Elkhart County, is hoping to break the all-time world record for his division at the USAPLA National Championship.

“The record in my weight class is, I believe, 622, so I’m going to top that and go for 628,” Davis said.

The competition will be an emotional one, as Davis lost his son earlier this year when the toddler drowned in Baugo Bay.

A month later, Davis lost his bench press coach George Lealiifano in a car accident.

Davis will wear a shirt with their pictures, along with other momentos to keep their memory alive.

“I got his ring on, and I got the Big George bracelet, and my shirt, and everything and I got my little man tag on me too,” Davis said. 

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