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Ripon firefighters Andrew “Drew” Wilson and Ryan Mackey at right down two Togo’s Pastrami Sandwiches in a contest in front of the new Colony Road eatery at noon on Saturday. The police department ...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED September 10, 2013 1:50 a.m.

Two police officers and two firemen downed large pastrami sandwiches in less than two minutes as a small crowd cheered them on to the finish Saturday.

And in the end, the firefighters provided they could stomach faster eating than their police counterparts.

The event was part of Ripon’s new Togo’s Restaurant grand opening celebration that began last week with sodas going for only a dollar with the dollar then being donated to the Ripon’s first responders.  It took place on a table in front of the building as customers provided a lunchtime crowd lining up inside the restaurant.

Half a dozen officers from both police and fire arrived for the competition, although most of the police officers were on a daylong bicycle training ride and took a detour into the Togo’s parking lot.  Each department selected two of its own to enter the competition.

Firefighters selected Andrew “Drew” Wilson and Ryan Mackey to represent them. The police gave their votes to Jacob Glasgow and Leroy Sanchez.  There was no handicap offered in the event even though the two cops were smaller in stature than the firefighters. 

The seven ounces of meat in the sandwich was served on a white roll with lettuce, tomato and pepper chine peppers.  Drew Wilson took the lead out of the four keeping his head close to the table and continually dipping his sandwich in water – giving him the edge in the contest as he literally sucked it down. 

Ripon’s Kid Red Entertainment set up his speakers in front of the store providing Top 40 musical selections for the event where patrons of the Singh’s adjacent convenience store and ARCO gas station gathered to watch the action between the city’s first responders.

One of Togo’s owners, Vikramjeet Singh,  presented Police Chief Ed Ormonde and Fire Battalion Chief Marty Cornielson with separate checks for $200 to go to their departments with his appreciation for their service to the community.

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