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Hooters event to benefit wounded firefighters

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

MCDONOUGH — Hooters will host a Cornhole Tournament June 29 to benefit four Clayton County firefighters injured when their engine collided with a tractor-trailer truck, said officials.

Hooters at 1858 Jonesboro Road in McDonough will host a family tournament starting at 5 p.m. and an all-adult portion beginning at 8 p.m. The cost for the double elimination tournament is $60 per team. The first-place prize in the family tournament is a two-night stay in Destin, Fla. The first-place prize in the all-adult portion is $150 cash.

The tournaments are sponsored by Georgia's Wounded Heroes, a nonprofit organization founded and operated by military and police veterans whose mission is to "Serve those who have served us and who reside in the state of Georgia and were injured in the line of duty,” said fire Capt. Walter Barber.

Barber said there will be a DJ at the event and a bouncy house for the kids.

The firefighters were hurt June 5 while they were answering a 911 call for service. The firefighters were on Engine 9 when it collided with a tractor-trailer truck at Old Dixie Road and Central Avenue in Forest Park June 5 about 6:30 p.m., said Barber. Four personnel were taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. Three were released that same night but one was held several days for observation, said Deputy Chief Jacque Feilke.

The driver of the tractor trailer had no complaint of injury on scene, Barber said.

In response to hearing of the injured firefighters, Georgia’s Wounded Heroes decided to host the benefit for the injured firefighters and other wounded service personnel.

For more information on the event and to register, visit www.bwwoodwords.com/events. More information on Georgia’s Wounded Heroes can be found at www.georgiaswoundedheroes.org.