"Fire Truck Pull" Fundraiser Seeks Participants - Southern Maryland Headline News

"Fire Truck Pull" Fundraiser Seeks Participants

Proceeds to Help Benefit the Tonya Mallard Memorial Fund

LA PLATA, Md. (April 23, 2009)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office and Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department are looking to flex their muscles and they want the community to join them on Sunday, May 3 as they host a "Fire Truck Pull" during the 62nd Annual Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention and Parade. Portions of the fundraiser will benefit the Tonya Mallard Memorial Fund. Tonya was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician who tragically died in a medevac helicopter crash last September while assisting in the care of two teenaged trauma patients.

The event is open to the public and community members are encouraged to join the teams of officers, firefighters, and paramedics who are working hard to raise money for this very important cause.

"This will be a great event and it's a chance to test yourself and do a good deed at the same time," said Sgt. Gus Proctor, of the Charles County Sheriff's Office, who is coordinating the event.

Teams consist of seven people with additional alternates. Each team gets two attempts to pull a fire truck 25 feet, and the team that covers the distance in the quickest time wins. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishes in each weight class.

A list of rules and regulations can be found on the Charles County Sheriff's Office Web site at www.ccso.us. Additional information can be obtained from the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department website at www.hvfdems.org.

Check in will begin at 11 a.m. and the parade starts at 12:30 p.m. The Pull will start immediately after the parade. Participants must sign the waiver of liability form to be eligible to pull and bring photo identification for registration purposes.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt or may wear their own team t-shirt. The whole day should be fun for the entire family, including activities for parents and children.

For information about the parade, call the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department at 301-274-4488 or Jimmy Rose at 301-343-5130.

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