NEWINGTON - Emer-gency responders will be hanging up their uniforms and stepping up to the tee one day in October.
The third annual Newington Police and Fire Golf Classic is set to take place at Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $150 and include 18 holes of golf with a cart, a buffet lunch, cocktail hour and dinner. Dinner only is $40 per person.
Last year’s tournament raised $16,969. Proceeds go towards community initiatives sponsored by the Newington police and volunteer fire departments, which are not funded in the town’s operating budget. For police, that includes the Citizens and Youth Police Academies and RAD, a self-defense course for women that begins with risk reduction and avoidance education, then progresses to hands-on self defense training.
“Additionally, funds will support National Night Out, an event designed to strengthen neighborhood relationships and the police-community partnership, while sending a message to criminals that the neighborhoods are organized against crime,” said Officer Jamie DeSimone, adding, “and any other community policing initiatives that the chief would like to see take place.”
DeSimone is planning the tournament with Co-Chair Kristen Stegmaier, the wife of Company 3 Fire Captain Craig Stegmaier.
“These two have done a phenomenal job over the past few years making the golf tournament a success, drawing sponsors and golfers from all sectors of public safety as well as the community,” Stegmaier said. “I will tell you first hand, if it were not for the hard work of Jamie and Kristen over the past few years, we would be hard-pressed to continue these programs.”
Not only will Newington police, fire and EMS workers be golfing that day, but emergency responders from other towns are expected to join them. Local residents are also encouraged to take part.
“Both the Police Department and Fire Department recognize and truly appreciate the support of our community, from the local businesses right to the citizens,” Stegmaier said.
The NVFD will use tournament proceeds to help support the Newington Fire Museum at the old firehouse on Main Street, as well as other programs to help with recruitment and retention of members and community education.
“It’s hard for us to get volunteers because of the time commitment away from the family this service requires,” Stegmaier pointed out.
Picnics and awards nights serve as an incentive to keep families involved in the department. The sacrifice made is tough but worth it, according to Stegmaier.
“It is very rewarding,” he said.
Aside from being a fundraiser to strengthen police and fire community partnerships, the upcoming day of golf brings together professionals who usually only meet in emergencies.
“This tournament also allows for the two departments to join forces in times of fun, not just times of crisis,” DeSimone explained.
Lunch begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon and dinner at 6 p.m. There will be raffle prizes sponsored by local businesses, including T&T Complete Landscaping and Security 101. Purchase tickets at police and fire headquarters or at https://goo.gl/Avt5mA.
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WHAT: 3rd annual Newington Police and Fire Golf Classic
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St. Newington
HOW: $150 for golf, $40 for dinner only, purchase tickets at https://goo.gl/Avt5mA