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Golf tournament Saturday to honor firefighter

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WADDINGTON – Waddington Fire Department and Rescue Squad members will come together to honor one of their own with the third annual Tim Arquitt Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday.

The event is held annually for the last two years in honor of firefighter Timothy L. Arquitt, who died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 37.

In memory of his father, Jordan W. Arquitt, 15, joined the fire department two years ago.

“He was a very kind person,” Jordan said of his father. “Everyone in Waddington knew him. He was all about making people happy and always there to help anyone who needed it.”

Robert W. Arquitt, Mr. Arquitt’s brother, said the tournament is a way to give back to the kids in the community, something Timothy Arquitt was known for.

“He always did things for kids’ organizations,” Mr. Arquitt said.

Proceeds will help garner new uniforms for the department’s eight junior firefighters.

Both brothers joined the department at the same time in 2002 as something to do to help the community, but it became a way of life for Timothy Arquitt.

“He was always there no matter when the fire alarm went off,” Fire Chief Matthew G. Mayette said.

In the past, the tournament has sponsored the annual kids’ Waddington Fish and Game tournament and a baseball minor league team and made contributions to the American Legion. The tournament has also funded scholarships and new equipment for the fire department.

The tournament starts at 10 a.m. Four-person teams can register for $260. First place will receive $600, second place will receive $400, third place will receive $300 and fourth place will receive $100.

The event will be held at Twin Brooks Golf Course, 91 Franklin Road.

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