Pasco County, Florida -- Pasco County has unveiled a new sign honoring Captain Mike Ferrantelli and his Gold Medal win in the 2013 Master Bench Press World Championship.
On April 28 in the Czech Republic, Pasco County Sheriff's Captain Mike Ferrantelli won the Gold Medal for the United States, bench pressing 578.8 lbs. to win the competition in his class.
Video: WATCH his winning bench press below
The sign is posted at the Pasco/Pinellas County borders, northbound on Highway 19, in front of Northern Tools. The sign will read: "Welcome to Pasco County home of Mike Ferrantelli IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) Bench Press World Champion"
Ferrantelli has been with the Sheriff's Office for 28 years. "I've lived in Pasco County since 1969, spending the majority of my life residing in the New Port Richey area," explained Ferrantelli. "I graduated high school from Gulf High School in 1984 and then I became enrolled in the Pasco/Hernando Community College Police Academy. I was then hired by the Sheriff's Office in May of 1985 and then attended the Hillsborough County Corrections Academy, which was sponsored by our agency. I have the astute pleasure to serve the citizens of our County ever since."
See also: Ferrantelli Highway Press Conference
This athlete has been Power Lifting for 27 years and has won 10 Drug Free National Championships and 6 Drug Free World Championships, taking 2nd in Denmark. He has broken over 40 Drug Free National, American, and World Records. Ferrantelli accomplished all this while competing in two different weight classes and six different federations.