In summer of 2010, Jennifer, in her first ever competition with an M9 service pistol, won the 2010 National Matches M9 Excellence-In-Competition Match at Camp Perry, Ohio. Jennifer fired a 267-3x out of a possible 300 with a rack grade Beretta M9 service pistol issued on the line during the 2010 CMP-US Army Marksmanship Unit Small Arms Firing School for pistol. Jennifer is an accomplished .45 and .22 caliber pistol competitor and NRA basic safety instructor. Besides her skills in shooting a pistol, she is also a highly accomplished high power rifle shooter.
Rick Roach was born on July 1, 1943 in El Paso, Texas. Rick has been married to Mary (nee Roehrig) Roach for 34 years. Together they have two children, Kristen and Clifton. Rick served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968 with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry (The Black Lions) of the First Infantry Division (The Big Red One). During his career in the Army Rick fought in the Vietnam War and received the Combat Infantry Badge.
After his service in the Army, Rick graduated from New Mexico State University in 1971 with a BA (with honors) in Journalism and Mass Communications. After his undergraduate studies were completed, Rick graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree. Following his graduation from law school in 1976, Rick was admitted to the Florida Bar. That same year he was also admitted to the Bars of the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. Rick practiced personal injury law in Polk County from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. In addition to his law practice, Rick was a general assignment reporter for the Ledger from 1971 to 1973.
Rick is a life member of the National Rifle Association, the Lakeland Rifle & Pistol Club (President for two terms and current Secretary), a member of the board of trustees and current President of the Florida Firearms & Shooting Foundation, and a board member and current Secretary of Tri County Human Services.
Rick is a life member of the Society of the First Infantry Division, a member of the 28th Infantry Association, the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion Post 4 (Judge Advocate for three years), Lakeland Bar Association and charter member of the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association.
Rick’s previous associations include: The Society of Professional Journalists, American Trial Lawyers Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Blue Key National Men’s Honorary Society, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and the Lakeland Lions Club (one term as President). Additional marks of distinction include the Colonel Aide-de-Camp on the staff of the Governor of New Mexico and First Place (co-winner) with the Florida Society of Newspapers Editors for Spot News Reporting in 1971.
Dr. Bill Firman
Dr. Bill Firman comes quite naturally to his passion for guns and shooting, having grown up in upstate New York in an area where the Catskills and Adirondack mountains converge and opportunities to enjoy hunting and fishing combine to consume the leisure hours of much of the area’s population.
Bill left that outdoor paradise as a young man to begin his aerospace career on the Apollo Program which, while interrupted by a couple of combat tours in Vietnam in the middle 60’s, spanned over 35 years, much of that time as a Vice President for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. His work took him to many states and several countries, but Bill and his wife of nearly 50 years have maintained a home in Central Florida virtually non-stop since 1965.
Since retirement from the aerospace industry in 1999, Bill has focused much of his free time on the sport of international handgun hunting, with a focus on dangerous game. He’s been fortunate to have taken all of the dangerous game species of Africa as well as most dangerous game species that can be legally hunted in North America and elsewhere – all with handguns. Additionally, he has taken over 75 species of non-dangerous game with handguns at various locations around the world.
For much of his life Bill used gun range facilities exclusively as a tool to prepare himself and his equipment for hunting, but since joining LRPC a few years ago, he has discovered the attraction of sport shooting for its own sake, and he has become a serious aficionado of bullseye shooting. Recently he has even rediscovered the glory of the rifles and shotguns he loved as a youth.