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MPD officer places 1st in motorcycle event
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Manteca motorcycle traffic Sergeant Nick Obligacion holds a first place plaque from last weekend’s motorcycle competition in Rancho Cordova. Officer David Bright took third place out of some 70 competitors at the weekend event. - photo by GLENN KAHL
The Manteca Police motorcycle unit of five officers did well in Saturday’s competition hosted by the Rancho Cordova Police Department – definitely making a name for themselves among their peers.

Sgt. Nick Obligacion brought home a first place plaque in the competition that drew nearly 70 officers from as far away as Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Officer David Bright received third place honors at the event.

Motorcycle officers John Machado, Patrick Danipour and Bill Walmer also competed “with distinction” in the Deputy Larry Canfield Memorial Police Motorcycle Training and Skills Challenge.  Manteca officers have brought trophies back to their department from all three similar events they entered this year.

Canfield was killed on his motorcycle in November of last year.  His call sign “5Mary5” was used in the layout of the course’s cone patterns for the competitive trials.  

Obligacion and Bright had a mere two seconds separating them in the timed main event of the competition – 125 and 127 seconds respectively.  The two officers also rode together in the tandem competition where their motorcycles were tethered together as they mastered the cone layout of the course.
The Rancho Cordova Police Department is a contract agency through the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

The next competition the Manteca motor unit is taking on will be in Vallejo in September.