By Mason W. Canales

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Professional Firefighters Association will host its first "2nd Alarm Scramble" to support a local cancer patient Oct. 1.

"Debbie's story came to us through our friends at the Citizens Fire and Public Safety Volunteers," said Scott Howard, CCPFA president, about how the organization selected Debbie Memphis for whom to help raise money with a golf tournament.

"She is a Central Texas local, a real genuine down-to-earth person and she is battling this terrible disease."

Memphis was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and the Copperas Cove Texas Country Opry was raising money to help fund her hospital expenses on the same day, Howard said. "The two things are coming together that day," he said.

The golf tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Hills of Cove Golf Course with a $100 entry fee for teams of two, stated a CCPFA news release. The cost will include range balls, a post-game meal, and a gift bag. Cash prizes will be paid for first, second and third place in each flight and the last place team in the tournament also will receive an award. Another awards also will be given for actions taken on the course.

The deadline to register for the event is Sept. 28, but the organization is hoping to get more participants, the release stated. "We are still looking for teams," Howard said. "We are looking for anyone who wants to come play."

The association is aware the turnout for the fundraiser might be small since this tournament is the first fundraiser of this type conducted by the organization.

"This is the first time we have done anything like this," Howard said. "I can't speak for the distant past, but this is the first time that I know that we have tried something this large."

Traditionally, the organization has participated in the MDA fill-the-boot campaign, but never run a golf tournament, he said. The organization hopes it will raise a good amount of money for Memphis, but it also hopes to keep the fundraiser running every year.

"It would be nice if we could raise about $1,000 to give to her," Howard said. "It is the first year so we know that is going to be a little slow so anything we raise can be great."

In future years, Howard hopes the fundraiser may be used to support additional cancer patients or contribute funds to the MDA. Fundraisers like this event help firefighters accomplish the daily job of trying help people, he said.

"Her strength in taking this disease head on is a really inspirational story to us," he said. "As firefighters we are used to seeing people on their worst day, but when it's a fire or a heart attack it's something we can beat. This is different and it's a real privilege for us to be a very small part of her victory over cancer."

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474. Follow him on Twitter at KDHCoveeditor.

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