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TOWNSEND — After losing two fellow firefighters to terminal illness, Brett King and Duane Creighton decided to use something they love to benefit the people they loved.

The inaugural Townsend Fire-EMS Relief Association Golf Outing is an event to raise money for Mass General Hospital colon and pancreatic cancer research. After the match there will be a chicken barbecue, live music and an awards presentation.

“We like golf outings, and this is a good way to raise money for a good cause,” King says. He is a lieutenant on the Townsend Fire Department where he’s served for 21 years, along with Creighton.

“Local businesses have been getting involved and it’s looking good for the first time,” says Creighton, who has been with the department since 1986.

In March of 2007 Townsend Fire Capt. William “Billy” Hamilton Jr. succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He had been diagnosed six months earlier. He was 54.

Recently, another member of the department was killed by colon cancer. With the events striking a chord within their department, King and Creighton decided to take action.

“It was a very sad thing to lose them,” Creighton said.

King and Crieghton are avid golfers who play at the Townsend Ridge Country Club, an 18 hole course off Scales Lane. Although not all of the firefighters golf, King says all jumped at the chance to volunteer for the tournament.

“Everyone is going to be around that day, they were very excited about this as a way to remember those guys,” he said.

One third of the money will go to research for pancreatic cancer, and another third to colon cancer. Remaining funds will be put given to the Association to hold the event again next year. King and Creighton are paying out-of-pocket to jumpstart this year’s event, which has already spurred several donations from local entities.

According to Creighton and King, the hope is to have it become an annual event.

The Townsend Fire-EMS Relief Association Golf Outing is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, at noon. Townsend Ridge Country Club is at 40 Scales Lane.

Teams of four can sign up for $115 per player, which includes the 18-hole scramble format tournament, cart, driving-range access, barbecue and contest opportunities for longest drive and closest to pin. Townsend Ford has donated a 2011 Ford F-150 as a prize for a hole in one on the 17th hole. Sports memorabilia will be available as door prizes, raffle and silent auction. There are also multiple sponsorship options available.

For more information regarding the event or sponsorship call Brett King at 978-433-5323, Duane Creighton at 978-337-5177, or through e-mail at tfdgolf@gmail.com.

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