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by Len Cannon / KHOU 11 News and khou.com staff
You see them in action in movies and television shows. It looks so glamorous to be on a SWAT team. What could be better than toting an assault rifle and battering down doors?
Well, KHOU 11 News Anchor Len Cannon found out that training with Houston SWAT is no walk in the park.
“You have to be disciplined and you have to be in top physical conditioning,” said Cannon.
On the obstacle course he climbed, crawled and jumped.
“Some stuff I just could not do,” said Cannon.
Firing a submachine gun and assault rifle was the easy part, Cannon said.
“Then, for some ridiculous reason I let the leader of the team Talk me into tasting a little gas (chemical agent,” said Cannon.
He stepped into a tear gas-filled shed and was able to withstand the chemical agent with a mask on. “Then I took the mask off, and thought I was going to die,” he said. “It felt like broken glass in my throat, and I couldn’t talk for about 20 seconds,”
After stepping in the shoes of a SWAT member, Cannon had some words of advice for those aspiring to join the force. “If you want the SWAT swagger, you better be prepared to face the music!”