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Saturday’s Firehouse 5K benefits scholarships

COVINGTON — As high school seniors prepare for graduation, the Covington Fire Department seeks to help those who will take the next step in furthering their education.

The Fire Department invites the community to participate in the annual Firehouse 5K and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, which raises money for college scholarships.

Covington Fire Marshal Tony Smith said the race is hosted by the Fire Department but benefits the Fireman’s Memorial Trust, which began in 1978 in honor of three firemen — Wallace Bates, Chuck Carter and Andy Aaron — who were killed in an auto accident.

“Designed in their honor, the trust allows us to give scholarships to graduating seniors here locally,” Smith said. “We’ve been doing this for about 30 years and given over $50,000 to seniors. All the profits from the race benefit that trust fund.”

Eastside High School students Courtney Draper and Megan Tanner were recently awarded scholarships form the Fireman’s Memorial Trust fund. Smith said Draper plans to go to Kennesaw State to study criminal justice and Tanner plans to attend Athens Technical College to study radiology.

Applicants for the scholarship must write an essay, show proof of acceptance to a college, provide community service and hours, which Smith says serves more like a resume instead of giving the money based on a student’s grade point average.

Those who are interested in helping the Covington Fire Department continue to award scholarships can still sign up for the race.

Runners will need to register for the race at 8 a.m. and the fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those who want to go a longer distance can run the 5K starting at 9 a.m.

Smith said each finisher will receive a medal as well as a T-shirt. Registration will be set up at the Conyers Street Gym, located at 146 Conyers St. in Covington. The cost to participate is $25.

For more information, contact Smith at 678-618-6814.