Autryville FD preps for turkey shoot; proceeds to benefit station rebuild


Turkey shoots benefit effort; next set for Saturday

By Chase Jordan - cjordan@clintonnc.com



Chief Andrew Hawkins, center, assesses damage at the Autryville Fire Department. (File photo | Sampson Independent)


AUTRYVILLE — Local hunters will have an opportunity to improve their shooting skills and help firefighters in the process.

The town’s fire department is continuing its turkey shoot series, with proceeds going towards the fire station, which was damaged by an EF1 tornado on the evening of May 23. The next one is scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1150 Carry Bridge Road.

During the upcoming event, there will be a BB gun competition for youths, ages 3 to 12. Parent assistance is required for younger children. For adults, the cost is $3 per shot. For youths, the cost is tentatively two shots for $1.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Autryville Fire Department will be selling food. Firefighters are also accepting donations of gifts for children to help during the holiday season. Rusty Lance of the Autryville Fire Department said the turkey shoots will continue on Saturday nights for several months to help the fire department. The opening night was Oct. 28.

“We’ll just keep going until we recover,” Lance said.

Currently, the department has one temporary shelter, housing two trucks. After the building is completed, it will serve as a storage unit for the firefighters. Lance believes construction may start in a couple of months. The department’s board meets every two weeks to discuss development plans.

“It’ll probably be January before they get started on anything,” Lance said. “That’s what they’re trying to shoot for.”

For more information about the event, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.goo.gl/yydeuT.

Chief Andrew Hawkins, center, assesses damage at the Autryville Fire Department.
(File photo | Sampson Independent)
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Dept_5.jpgChief Andrew Hawkins, center, assesses damage at the Autryville Fire Department.
(File photo | Sampson Independent)
Turkey shoots benefit effort; next set for Saturday

By Chase Jordan

cjordan@clintonnc.com

Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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