Newington first responders organize golf tournament

Published on Sunday, 27 August 2017 22:04
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON - Police and firefighters will be at the Indian Hill Country Club in October, but not because of any emergency.

It’s the second annual Newington Police and Fire Golf Classic, set for Tuesday, Oct. 3, with a noon shotgun start.

The town’s public safety sector collaborates regularly in emergency response. The agencies also like to plan at least one casual gathering a year to build camaraderie.

“We’re always looking for different ways to work together,” said Newington Community Services Officer Jamie DeSimone, who is working with Newington Volunteer Fire Capt. Craig Stegmaier of Company 3 to organize the day.

“I think we’re a fantastic support system to each other,” she added of both departments. “This allows us to work together in terms of supporting our community.”

Last year the inaugural tournament resulted in a $9,000 donation to the NVFD, which is using the money to fund its 100th anniversary celebration and parade. This year’s proceeds will go toward the NPD’s community outreach.

“Both the police and the fire department have community-based programs that fall outside of our normal funding, and it’s important to find ways to fund them,” Stegmaier pointed out. “This is a fun way to do it, a chance for the new guys to get to know each other and also just to get everybody together to blow off some steam.”

One of the police department’s community programs is the Youth Academy, which gave 16 local teens an insider look at police work during their first week of summer vacation this past June. Adults had a similar opportunity at the Citizens Academy, an 11-week experience that showed participants how police protect and serve.

DeSimone is working on launching a brand new program later this year, called RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense).

She’s in training to teach the course, which will focus on situational awareness, risk reduction and escape tactics. Registration is expected to open mid-to-late fall.

The tournament will also benefit the MPO Peter Lavery and Officer Ciara McDermott scholarship funds.

Tickets are $150 and include 18 holes of golf with a cart, a buffet lunch, cocktail hour and dinner. The cost of dinner only is $40 a person. The day kicks off with lunch at 11 a.m. Dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration forms are available at the police department or on For more information contact Officer DeSimone at

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or

If you go:

WHAT: Newington Police and Fire Golf Classic

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 3, Lunch 11 a.m., Shotgun start, 12 p.m.

WHERE: Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St., Newington

HOW: Register at the police dept. or online at

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Newington on Sunday, 27 August 2017 22:04. Updated: Sunday, 27 August 2017 22:06.