Robert Ellis, Gina Rescigno and John Rescigno were eager to head out on a 50-mile trail ride last Saturday for the Hebron Fire Department's annual Poker Run. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
February 20, 2019HEBRON – The Hebron Fire Department hosted their third annual snowmobile Poker Run last Saturday as part of their fundraising campaign to purchase a NASCO Crisis Manikin that will be used to train firefighters and EMTs in many valuable ways.
"This mannequin will actually meet all of our needs for training," said the department's Training Officer, Lt. Patti Oakley.
With the life-like device, the crew will be able to practice ECG pattern recognition, take blood pressure, do defibrillation, hone their IV skills, learn Basic and Advanced Airway Management and much more, Oakley said.
Such a training tool is not cheap, however, so all proceeds from this year's Poker Run were earmarked to help HFD reach their $6,500 fundraising goal.
The day began at the fire department where people registered and picked a card to start their poker hand. They then climbed aboard their snowmobiles and headed out on the 50-mile trail. At each designated stop along the way, they drew another card in the hope of coming up with a winning hand at the end of their ride. After a staggered start for all of the snowmobile entrants, people without a snowmobile were also able to take part in the fun by driving their vehicles to each station where they could draw their playing cards. The route, whether by car or snowmobile trails, led them to Sculptured Rocks in Groton, Plain Jane's Diner in Rumney, Newfound Country Store and Bridgewater Inn before heading back to the Hebron fire station.
Gina Rescigno and her husband John were among the participants, testing not only their luck with the cards, but trying out their new snowmobile as well. They teamed up with friends who were experienced riders and looked forward to the adventure.
"This sounds like it's going to be so much fun. It's good to be riding with someone who knows the trails though," Gina said.
Janet Wallace of Groton was in their group and was equally excited to head out and enjoy a crisp sunny day in the woods.
"We've done this in the past, and it's always a great time," said Wallace.
Sam Comeau and his children Stacy and Jamie were the last to leave so they could make sure everyone made it safely along the route. Comeau said he and Stacy drove the course on Friday to set out all the markers and found the snow conditions to be great.
"Everything was freshly groomed, and it's good to go," he said.
That evening, everyone gathered at the Hebron Community Center, where they enjoyed a lasagna dinner prepared by Nancy Brooks as they awaited the announcement of this year's winners. In first place and the winner of $100 from Bridgewater Inn was Neci Peterson who drew the best hand for the day. In second place, receiving $50 from Hannaford's, was Bruce Tramuller, and Robert Ellis won $25 donated by Sculptured Rocks Farm for his third place finish. Sarah Smith ended up with the worst hand of the day but it paid off in the long run when she was presented with a gift certificate to Plain Jane's Diner. There was also a 50/50 raffle and drawings for other prizes.