First Responder PTSD golf tournament back for second year

The First Responder PTSD Awareness Charity Golf Tournament takes place on Friday September 9 at the Falls Golf Club in Chilliwack.

The death of Surrey firefighter Ernie Dombrowski

After a successful first year, the First Responder PTSD Awareness Charity Golf Tournament is back for its second year.

“The tournament is to address post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in first responders,” explained first responder and event organizer Pam Schuetze.

The idea for the event came up after Surrey firefighter Ernie Dombrowski took his own life last year following a long battle with PTSD.

Unfortunately, this isn’t uncommon and Schuetze explained that many first responders don’t seek help when dealing with PTSD.

“Most first responders think that they’re invincible and don’t need help, but they do,” she said. “They see a lot of horrible things. It’s a cause that needs to be addressed.”

Last year the tournament raised $10,000 and Schuetze is hoping to top that this year. With the amount of interest in the event so far, that won’t be hard. All 144 spots in the tournament were filled within the first day of registration.

“It’s unheard of to fill up a tournament in one day,” Schuetze said. “We’ve had a lot of support from the community. Everybody thinks it’s great and wants to participate.”

Funds raised at the tournament will be donated to the TEMA Centre Memorial Trust, also known as ‘Heroes are Human.’

However, Schuetze explained that the purpose of the event is to raise awareness about PTSD.

“It’s more about awareness than anything, but if we can also raise money, that’s good,” she said. “Everybody in the community has been affected by a first responder. They dedicate their lives and no one else does that.”

Although there are no more open spots for golfers in the tournament, Schuetze noted that they are still in need of prizes and sponsorship.

The tournament takes place on Friday, September 9 at the Falls Golf Club in Chilliwack.

For more information contact event organizer Pam Schuetze at pschuetze@me.com or 604-799-2050.

Just Posted

Agassiz speed skater heading to Canada West championships

Mya Onos, 11, is qualified for her first provincials this year, and is now taking on Western Canada

Harrison considers future of memorial bench program

Harrison to keep maintaining bench plaques, council seems to feel new benches could be in the future

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

See stunning sights and amazing adventures at mountain film fest in Chilliwack

Discover what’s in our own backyard with the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival tour

The complete history of science in one hour at Chilliwack Cultural Centre

We Now Know is a complete history lesson without the boring stuff

Harrison Hot Springs students bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life

The adaption of Shakespeare’s classic comedy include songs and phrases from Canada’s east coast

Former B.C. Electric substation, now luxury mansion, up for auction

Historic estate in Abbotsford open for bids starting Friday

RCMP divers find Volkswagen Beetle in B.C. river, two teens still missing

A woman, 18, and boy, 15, remain missing after plunging into Pend d’Oreille River

Horse fulfills dying B.C. woman’s last wish

Moog and Friends Hospice House staff and volunteers co-ordinate a special moment for a patient

Research needs to catch up with B.C.’s gas drilling industry, experts say

Hydraulic fracturing review ordered by Premier John Horgan

Father thanks B.C. Mountie for shooting hoops with kids, ‘changing perspectives’

‘We’re just like everyone else,’ says Surrey officer who stopped to play basketball with kids

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

Canada says the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down

Most Read