— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) August 8, 2017
An Australian cop who once held the title of being the nation’s strongest man wowed officials at NYPD headquarters Tuesday by pulling two massive police vehicles as a way of raising awareness about officer’s mental health issues.
Grant Edwards, a 54-year-old hulking member of the Australian Federal Police Department, managed to move an Emergency Services Unit truck attached to another armored truck with nothing but sheer strength as a crowd of people cheered him on.
At first, the 6-foot-4, 300 pound cop struggled to budge the immense 75,000 pound load but eventually built up the momentum needed to move the two trucks.
The feat of strength was his way of raising awareness of the challenges police officers face when it comes to mental health, Edwards said afterwards.
“Police face danger every day and the risk of trauma,” he said. “I myself have suffered trauma and PTSD and this is my way of giving back.”
“There are so many police that are suffering in silence. I want to let them know it’s OK to come out and get help.”
Tuesday’s stunt was a warm up for Edwards, who will attempt to break a world record by pulling a C-17 military jet weighing a staggering 190 tons at Dover Air Force base in Delaware in about three weeks.
Edwards, a 32 year AFP and military veteran, was crowned Australia’s strongest man in 1999 and competed in the World’s Strongest Man competition.
Before beginning his preparations for the upcoming world record attempt, Edwards said it had been years since pulling anything so heavy.
“It’s been about 18 years since I’ve done something like this so I’ve had to dust the cobwebs off and remember what it was like.”
Edwards said he began practicing by pulling his car around a parking lot before moving on to heavier implements.
“The hardest part is getting the implement moving. If you get it moving quickly the easier it is to keep the momentum going. You have to try not to muscle it too quickly because you’re just going to to expend unnecessary energy so you’ve got to sort of caress it if you like and let it come with you.”