5th annual Believe 271 Golf Tournament held in Clinton

Local volunteer firefighters and their supporters golf to raise money for Believe 271.

Posted: Aug 4, 2019 2:55 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2019 7:45 PM

Clinton, N.Y. - What a great day on Saturday to hit the links, and many did just that at the Skenandoa Golf Club in Clinton to help raise money for Believe 271.

Five years ago in 2014 Brian McQueen, former Whitesboro Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Coordinator for Oneida County, was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo six weeks of treatment down in New York City.

Two of his fellow volunteer firefighters decided to raise some money to help him, but since McQueen said he was in good financial shape, he said let's help others. So, Believe 271 was formed in honor of McQueen's Deputy Fire Coordinator Vehicle Number, 271.

One of the two firefighters who helped raise money for McQueen, and ultimately form Believe 271 to help other firefighters, is Brian Palmer.

Palmer was also key in putting Saturday's tournament on which raises money to help local volunteer firefighters stricken with cancer or other life-threatening illness.

Palmer says it's amazing to see such support from the community year after year, "Ever since the day we started in 2014, the support for our group by our local firefighters and our local community has just been incredible."

Barneveld Fire Chief Kevin Kalk took part Saturday and says this a very important event for all firefighters in our area to know that so many have their back, "Shows the true brotherhood of the fire service, everybody coming out here for one cause to support our fellow firefighters who are suffering from cancer or anything like that and life-threatening illnesses."

No word yet on how much money was raised at Sunday's tournament.

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