2010-09-25 / Front Page

Turning Tragedy into Hope

Thousands raised for pediatric care training and equipment

THURSTON – Hunter James Barber’s life was far too short. But his memory lives on for the hundreds who turned out last Saturday for the 6th Annual Hunter Barber Hog Roast and Fundraiser.

For four years now, his parents, Angie and Jimmy Barber, have turned their large Thurston yard into a festival including a 200 foot long pad for tractor pulls. There is something for everyone – kids games and prizes, bounce house, corn hole tournament, raffles, door prizes, dunk tank, karaoke and plenty of food. Everything’s inexpensive, but his parents, relatives and their friends have managed to raise nearly $70,000 for his fund at the

Fairfield County Foundation. That fund helps pay the cost to train Fairfield County EMT’s and paramedics in advanced pediatric care or purchase pediatric equipment for medics.

The lawn tractor pull attracted dozens of riding lawn mowers, competing in eight classes. Many aren’t your dad’s old mower. Walnut Township road supervisor Randy Kemmerer brought his two dieselpowered lawn mowers. Thanks to a turbo and other modifications, Kemmerer and his two sons are now getting 125 HP out of a former 15 HP diesel mower motor. Diesels are known for belching thick black smoke as they pull the sled down the track. There was an alcohol-fueled mower as well.

Seven-year-old Braden Barber made his pulling debut on his mother ’s pink tractor with his father walking down the track with him. He pulled the sled 149.2 feet.

“It’s all about fun for the kids,” Jimmy Barber said.

Emergency medical personnel or departments interested in applying for a grant should contact the Fairfield County Foundation at 740- 654- 8451.





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