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Fishing tournament to raise scholarship funds for fallen firefighter's son

COVINGTON — In support of a fallen firefighter’s family, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis will host a fishing tournament Saturday.

Newton County Firefighter Brad Eavenson not only served as a firefighter with the Newton County Fire Service, but also with the Barrow County Emergency Services and in his hometown of Elberton. He was killed in February in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 278 at Dixie Road after working the ice storm.

The donations given at the tournament will go into a scholarship fund for Eavenson’s 12-year-old son, Braden.

Ellis said while the tournament is open to the public, limited space is available on 32-acre Lake Lochwolde.

“I’ve participated in these kind of fishing tournaments before and it’s not like a competitive bass tournament; instead it’ll be a friendly opportunity,” Ellis said. “It’s not just to raise money for the son’s scholarship fund, but it’ll give firefighters a chance to grieve with each other because some are still hurting.”

Eavenson joined the Newton County Fire Service in 2007 and had been a firefighter in Barrow County and in Elberton for several years beforehand.

The tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in participating will need to call Ellis at 678-625-1201 to sign up by Wednesday.