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VIDEO: Lawman hauls a heavy load at Sheriff's Office job fair
A group of Academy Sports employees cheer and take video Saturday as Sgt. Greg Cochran pulls them through the parking lot of Academy Sports on Dawsonville Highway. - photo by Alexander Popp

Heavy-lifting Sgt. Greg Cochran with the Hall County Sheriff’s office is back at it again, performing feats of almost superhuman strength for a crowd of eager fans.

But for his demonstration at the Hall County Sheriff’s Office job fair Saturday, Cochran wasn’t interested in breaking any world records. Instead, he decided to raise awareness for A.D.V.A.N.C.E. (Avoiding Drugs, Violence and Negative Choices Early) camp by pulling a Toyota Tundra full of children through the Gainesville Academy Sports parking lot for over an hour.

According to Cochran, this strength feat was picked to decrease the pressure a world record adds to an event, and shift the focus to A.D.V.A.N.C.E’s mission to provide safety education to the children of Gainesville.

“The reason we chose the truck over a bus or a tractor trailer was so we could get the kids involved, and just have fun,” Cochran said.   

Cochran pulled the full-sized pickup through the Gainesville Academy Sports parking lot a dozen times, the bed loaded down with onlookers of every age. The weight of pickup and people combined totalling nearly 6,000 pounds.   

Cochran said that he is more or less constantly training and this type of workout — if you can call pulling nearly 3 tons worth of truck and people a workout — isn’t anything new for him.

“The tire was actually harder than this,” said Cochran, referring to his world records for flipping a 555 pound truck tire. “This is a lot with the legs, you could see when I was able to drop the rope and go. But the harness is hard on your diaphragm.”  

Cochran is an instructor at A.D.V.A.N.C.E. and regularly visits classrooms across the county to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating choices.

While Cochran pulled, Hall County Sheriff’s Office volunteers signed up over 150 kids for the free A.D.V.A.N.C.E. camp that will run from June 13-17.

To find out more about A.D.V.A.N.C.E camp for kids, visit online at

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