The goals have been set. What remains is doing the work to achieve them.
Midlothian police investigator Adren Allen is training hard to make the card for the annual Guns and Hoses boxing tournament, a benefit match that pits law enforcement against firefighters. That training will also serve him well as he vies for a spot on a regional SWAT team.
Allen is training with personal trainer Daniel Ortiz, who’s based out of the Lord’s Gym in Waxahachie. Ortiz has trained several officers and fire fighters over the past several years for Guns and Hoses – and has taken on Allen for this year’s event.
“A lot of people get into this and don’t realize how hard it is,” Ortiz said. “I expect a lot from my guys. I want them to do well – and I want them to be safe.”
Guns and Hoses fits in with Allen’s goal to be selected to the SWAT team. In fact, his desire to serve on SWAT is what led to his decision to try out for Guns and Hoses. The physical training involved in preparing for the boxing tournament will stand him well during SWAT tryouts, he said.
“The guys on the regional SWAT team are all guys I look up to,” Allen said. “They’re good at their job. To be one of them, you have to be in shape, physically and mentally. If I get the chance to try out, I want to be ready.”
It’s about a four-month preparation for the Guns and Hoses tournament. Before that, however, Allen will be critiqued for one of the spots on the boxing card. If selected, he’ll be matched with a fire fighter of about the same build and ability.
Allen believes he’s the first Midlothian police officer to try for Guns and Hoses.
“I’ve had nothing but support from the (MPD) administration, everyone,” he said. “We’re all a pretty close knit family. I’ve got a lot of people there I can’t let down.”
Allen’s training includes cardio, footwork and learning how to properly throw a punch.
“We’ll also work on jabs, crosses, hooks and upper cuts,” Ortiz said. “He’ll train to where, when he gets hit, he doesn’t go to street brawling. Boxing is not fighting – boxing is an art.
“He’s going to know better how to take the punch,” Ortiz said, with Allen adding, “If you’ve never been hit in the head before, it’s a surprise.”
With the training under way, Allen said he’s finding it intense.
“The cardio is something else,” he said. “It’s at a whole new level. I run as a hobby, but the light jog is nothing to what we’re doing here.”
“He hasn’t complained,” Ortiz said. “He’s doing really well.”
Allen is an Ellis County native and graduate of Ferris High School. He went through the Navarro College Police Academy and is a three-year member of the Midlothian Police Department. He’s married to Mandy, a Waxahachie High School graduate and first-grade teacher.
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