First Poker Paddle benefits burn victims

Updated: Jul. 14, 2018 at 6:16 PM EDT
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LEE CO., GA (WALB) - First responders took to the Kinchafoonee Creek today to help out the families of burn victims.

Lee County Fire and Emergency Services hosted a Kinchafoonee Poker Paddle Saturday morning.

The fundraiser benefits the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation 'Give Burns the Boot' Campaign.

This is the fire department's first ever Poker Paddle.

About 80 people participated in the fundraiser.

We talked with organizers on how this idea came about.

"My Chief had come to me asking about a fundraiser. I know that Poker Runs are real popular, and I thought, well why can't we do it on the creek," said Kyle Lentz, the Fire Safety Educator for Lee County Fire.

The burn foundation also reimburses the fire department with 10% of their earnings.

They will use that money to go towards fire safety supplies.

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