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Firefighters smoke law enforcement opponents in charity basketball game

FORT KENT, Maine — Local firefighters and law enforcement officers raised $1,325 for an Eagle Lake non-profit organization during a charity basketball game on Thursday, May 17.

Mindy Forino, (right) a traumatic brain injury survivor and co-founder of “All Things Become New,” attended the second annual Firefighters vs. Law Enforcement Charity Basketball Game in Fort Kent with her husband John Forino on Thursday, May 17. (Suzanne Morneault)

The second annual Firefighters vs. Law Enforcement Charity Basketball Game, held at Fort Kent Community High School, raised the funds for  “All Things Become New,” which aims to support survivors and caregivers of those who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

The firefighters team, comprised of players from the Fort Kent and Eagle Lake fire departments, as well as members of the Maine Forest Service defeated the law enforcement team 92-81. That team was represented by members of the Fort Kent Police Department, U.S Customs and Border Protection, Maine Warden Service, the Maine State Police, and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.

“It was a great game and very competitive. Both teams did extremely well, and the fan support was absolutely amazing,” said Eagle Lake and Fort Kent firefighter Robert St. Germain.

 

St. Germain and Fort Kent Police Officer Michael DeLena began the fundraiser last year as a way to give back to the community and demonstrate the bond between firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

Of course the real winner of this year’s charity basketball game was All Things Become New, which Suzanne Morneault and her daughter Mindy Forino co-founded after Forino suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing in a college soccer game.

“I was impressed by the fact that, amidst all the confusion around the world, in a small community — Fort Kent, Maine — the bar was set high from a brotherhood of cops, firemen and foresters, living in different communities, who all came together to do a yearly fundraiser basketball game and bless, this year, our organization …,” Morneault said. “It was a fun filled family event that will forever be etched into our hearts. I am thankful for their love and commitment as they daily serve our communities.”

Each year the fundraiser supports a different local charity. Last year the event raised $1,229.50 to help fund new soccer lights for the Fort Kent Community High School soccer field. Law enforcement defeated the firefighters in that game.

St. Germain said a third annual Firefighters vs. Law Enforcement Charity Basketball Game already is being planned for next year.

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